President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that former President Goodluck Jonathan’s phone call to congratulate him on his victory in the 2015 presidential election was so shocking that he entered into a temporarily coma.
He based this on his surprise that Jonathan, whose re-election bid he challenged in 2015, could concede defeat despite being the incumbent president with all state powers at his disposal.
The President stated this on Thursday night when he hosted All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftains to a dinner at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He marveled that his predecessor quickly conceded defeat bearing in mind that having stayed for so long in the corridors of power, he could deploy all the arsenals within his reach to destabilise the system.
Buhari said, “The PVCs worked well in 2015. That was why when the former President rang me, I went temporarily into a coma. I will never forget the time. It was quartet after 5:00 p.m. and he said he called to congratulate me and that he has conceded defeat. He asked if I heard him and I said yes and I thanked him for his statesmanship.
“The truth is after being a deputy governor, a governor, Vice-president and President for six years, and he took that decision is great. He could have caused some problems. He had stayed long enough to cause problems.”
The President also recounted his experiences in the Nigerian electoral processes and his eventual victory in the 2015 presidential election. “I am the only politician that ended up three times in the Supreme Court and still virtually refused to give up,” he said.