- PDP says it is proud that Goodluck Jonathan made wonderful contributions to the stability of democracy in the country
- The party states that Nigerians will be forever grateful for the period the former president ruled as the president of Nigeria
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has celebrated former president, Goodluck Jonathan, on his 60th birthday celebration.
The national chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, on behalf of the national caretaker committee, and the PDP family nationwide congratulated Jonathan for attaining the age of 60.
The PDP in a statement by the Dayo Adeyeye, its national publicity secretary on Sunday, November 19, said it was proud that the former president made wonderful contributions to the stability of democracy in the country.
It said: "As you celebrate your birthday today, one thing Nigerians and members of the International community will never forget apart from your numerous and indelible achievements in office is your Campaign message in December 2014… “I am the most abused President in the world but when I leave office, you will all remember the freedom you enjoyed under my Government.
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“Your Excellency, Nigerians will remember that under your administration our economy became the largest and number one in Africa. Nigeria witnessed unprecedented infrastructural development in all areas of the economy. Inflation was at single digits and we had a stable foreign exchange regime.
"You consolidated Nigerian democracy by ensuring free and fair elections culminating in the historic presidential election of March 2015 in which you graciously conceded defeat and congratulated your opponent even when there were substantial grounds to dispute the outcome.
"Most importantly the rule of law and the human rights of Nigerians was greatly respected. For these and many more you have written your name in gold in the hearts of all Nigerians and you will be remembered as one of the greatest leaders of Africa"
The party said Nigerians will be forever grateful for the period Jonathan ruled as the president of Nigeria and prayed for God to continue to protect and guide the former president in every area of his life.
Similarly, President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with former President Goodluck Jonathan on his 60th birthday, slated for Monday, November 20.
NAIJ.com gathered that the President in a statement by the special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, joined members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), professional colleagues, associates of Jonathan, and his family in celebrating the unique history of the Nigerian leader.
He noted that Jonathan, within a short period, rose from being a deputy governor, governor, vice president to becoming Nigeria’s president for six years.
Buhari also believed Jonathan’s foray into politics and ascendancy to the highest political office in Nigeria from a humble riverine background testified to the greatness and inclusiveness of Nigeria’s democracy.
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