A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bode George, has spoken on the possibility of President Muhammadu Buhari refusing to concede defeat and handover if he loses the 2019 presidential election.
There have been talks that the President may refuse to step aside if he eventual loses out, but George, former National Vice Chairman of the PDP (Southeast) believes Buhari may not want to burn his country by sitting tight.
George, who fielded questions from the Daily Sun, said what happened in recent elections in Ekiti and Osun States will not be allowed to repeat in 2019.
Asked if Buhari will hand over to the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, if he is defeated, George said, “He will. I believe that coming from our profession, that noble profession, where Justice, fairness, discipline are the key words that we are trained with, he will concede defeat.
“If a civilian can graciously hand over, why would you, a man who went through a disciplined professional career refuse to concede defeat? Why? Why would he want to burn his country? The will of the people must be respected.
“I saw what happened in Ekiti. That of Osun was absolutely shambolic, disgraceful. The rest of the world sounded a warning that, that was the worst thing they have ever heard or seen in Africa.
“Is that the kind of picture we are painting for the rest of the world? What will happen to investors who want to come here?
“We are 58 years old now. Are we still thinking back to 1963? No, please.
“I have spoken copiously about the attitude of the INEC people. Let them not burn this country.
“The pages of history will be replete with their inadequacies for generations of their own people to read about them.
“The professor who is there had worked with us before when we were at the National Conference.
“Let him not allow his name to be dragged into the mud. What is just is just. What is bad is bad.”