The apex socio- cultural youth body in Igbo land , the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council , has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to hand over peacefully to whoever emerges winner of the forthcoming presidential polls rescheduled for February 23 , 2019 , that is if he fails to win the election .
The President – General of the youth body, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, gave the advice in Abakaliki on Sunday while fielding questions from journalists on the postponed presidential election .
Isiguzoro, who noted that in 2015 ,
former President Goodluck Jonathan accepted defeat and handed over peacefully to the incumbent , wondered why Buhari would not do the same if the outcome of the elections stood against him .
He said , “We ask President Buhari to peacefully handover to anyone that wins , if the outcome of the election turns out to be against him .
That’ s the noble thing to do at this time .
“ As a man with a good heart that he is , President Buhari has said it before that he lost previous elections since 2003.
“ Former President Goodluck Jonathan did it and today he is a hero of democracy worldwide .
Jonathan accepted defeat. Even when the indices then hadn ’ t all concluded he had lost in the 2015 presidential election , he called the incumbent and congratulated him . ”
He added , “Buhari will be under pressure not to handover but we believe he should rise above self and do the needful if he loses in the election . ”