Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has conceded defeat to president-elect Muhammadu Buhari, according to former Nigerian president Abdulsalami Abubakar. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has conceded defeat to president-elect Muhammadu Buhari, Tuesday (March 31), according to former Nigerian president Abdulsalami Abubakar. "He (Muhammadu Buhari) told me Mr. President has called him at about 5:15 and congratulated him and conceded defeat," said former president Abdulsalami Abubakar. Conceding defeat is an unprecedented step that many believe should help to defuse anger among Jonathan's supporters. Three decades after seizing power in a military coup, Muhammadu Buhari became the first Nigerian to oust a president through the ballot box. "We were spellbound. And the reason we have come here is to thank president Jonathan for this statesmanship," said Abubakar. In the religiously mixed northern city of Kaduna, where 800 people were killed in violence after the last elections in 2011, Buhari supporters streamed onto the streets, waving flags, dancing and singing in celebration. There was no word from Jonathan himself. Jonathan's People's Democratic Party (PDP) has been in charge since the end of army rule in 1999 but had been losing popularity due to a string of corruption scandals and the rise of Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency in the northeast.