The audio file of the historic moment President Godluck Jonathan placed a call through to President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, during which he conceded defeat by congratulating the latter for his victory in Saturday’s presidential election, has been made public.
With presidential election results from all but one of Nigeria’s 36 states collated and announced, which put Gen. Buhari (retd.) of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in clear lead, President Jonathan had telephoned the former head of state to concede defeat.
The call, which the president-elect would later confirm came at exactly 5:15P.M went a long way to douse tension across the country and launch Mr. Jonathan to such prominent status reserved for heroes of democracy.
Read full transcript of the conversation below courtesy of PREMIUM TIMES.
Caller: Your excellency, sir. Hope I’m speaking with General Buhari, sir. President Goodluck Jonathan would like to speak with you, sir.
Receiver: Yes. Okay, hold on.
Jonathan: Your Excellency
Receiver: Hold on, sir.
Buhari: Your Excellency
Jonathan: Your Excellency, how are you?
Buhari: I’m all right.
Jonathan: (Laughter) Congratulations
Buhari: Thank you very much, your Excellency.
Jonathan: So, how are things?
Buhari: Well, I’d congratulate you more because you….
Jonathan: In a few days find time to come so that we can sort out how to plan the transitional period.
Buhari: Alright, Your Excellency. Thank you very much
Jonathan: Okay, congratulations
Buhari: My respects, Your Excellency. Thank you.