Why I Challenged Past Presidential Elections – Buhari

became the first in the history of the country’s democracy to lose an election as an incumbent, and as such would be packing out of in two weeks.

Remarkably, the peace enjoyed in the country after the general elections has been hinged on that singular heroic act of : calling to concede defeat.

Jonathan, equally, did not file a report before the presidential election in order to challenge the victory of president-elect, .

However, why did the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, challenge the victories recorded by the Peoples Democratic Party in 2003, 2007, and 2011 presidential elections at the tribunal?

Why did he not concede defeat like the one portrayed by outgoing president Jonathan?

Speaking to members of the Chapter of the All Progressives Congress in on Wednesday May 13, 2015, Buhari provided answers to the questions above.

Buhari said that he took the decision to challenge victories recorded by at the tribunal because he believed Nigeria must be free.

Buhari acknowledged that ensuring the rule of law hold in the country, abiding by the constitution was one heck of a journey for him for the past twelve years.

Buhari said: “Going through the court is not easy, both materially and physically, and I maintained that consistency because my view about my country is that Nigeria should be truly free.”

Addressing the members of the from Delta State, he said: “I understand why many of you, who were denied the opportunity to choose those you want to represent and lead you are taking the line I took in the last 12 years – in line with our constitution.

“Whether you get it or not, the most important thing is that you believe in the system and you should continue to try until the system is perfect.

“I express my condolence to you for the people murdered and I assure you that my objective of remaining consistently in partisan politics is to make sure that Nigerians are given their inherent right to choose whoever they want to lead them,” he said.

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