Former Governor of Bayelsa, Timipre Sylva, is not impressed with all the noise about former President, Goodluck Jonathan, being an hero over his conceding of defeat to new President, Muhammadu Buhari.
While speaking with Vanguard on Saturday, Sylva said Jonathan had no option than to concede defeat after losing the presidential elections.
Sylva said it would have been self destruction for the former President, if he had not taken that line of action.
“For me, conceding defeat is not an achievement. Let us take a look at the event they tried everything to subvert and thwart. They tried to go to court to stop the announcement of the result. Former Minister, Orubebe, tried to stage a coup during the announcement to allow some paid ex-militants to invade the venue.
“They asked the former Inspector-General of Police to withdraw security from the venue to allow ex-militants invade the venue. When all else failed, what did you expect him to do?
“If the Super Eagles play a football match and were defeated. They now accepted defeat. Is that an achievement? Seriously, if this is the level where Nigeria has descended to, it is a sorry state. We cannot be praising somebody for losing in such manner.
“He (Jonathan) didn’t have any other choice. What would he have done? To kill himself? Any other thing for Jonathan to do in Aso Rock would have been suicide or self destruction. At that point Jonathan also knew it.
“What he should be saying is that at that point, he did not self destruct. So he is now a hero? If one can be a hero so cheaply in Nigeria,to then it is sad. For the APC, what we considered was that there is no need to rub the defeat in. The man is down and we decided to humour him out of office.”