PEOPLES Democratic Party, PDP, caucus in the House of Representatives has congratulated former President Goodluck Jonathan on the occasion of his 63rd birthday, stating that he has distinguished himself over the years as a committed democrat and selfless leader with an unwavering commitment to peace, progress, and unity of Nigeria.
The group in a statement signed by its leader, Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers State), recalled the unusual sacrifices that Jonathan made for the peace, progress, and unity of Nigeria, as well as his untiring efforts to deepen democracy in the country.
“It is also on record that through his transformation agenda, the former president revolutionized the agricultural sector and introduced all-season farming; revamped rail transportation; established universities in every state to make tertiary education more accessible to young Nigerians; strengthened the economy with the dollar exchanging at N180 to a dollar and strengthened our democracy with very liberal human rights practices,” the caucus noted.
According to the group, Jonathan was also known to have initiated programs and policies that directly impacted positively on the lives of ordinary citizens, stabilized the economy, and enhanced transparency in governance in addition to rating Nigeria’s economy under him as one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.
They described him as “an apostle of politics without bitterness” and one who believes that his “ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.”
“He championed electoral reforms and restored the people’s hope in the electoral process, an entrenched democratic ethos of respect for the rule of law, fundamental human rights of citizens, and freedom of expression.
“In a continent plagued with sit-tight leaders, former President Jonathan willingly conceded the 2015 presidential election regardless of the perceived irregularities in that election even before the final results were declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
“Since his exit as president, he has remained an ambassador of peace, good governance, credible elections in the country, Africa and the world at large.
“On this auspicious occasion, we join all men of goodwill to celebrate the face of democracy in Africa, an icon, a global statesman, and a firm believer in the unity of our country,” it added.