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Jonathan at 59: PDP, Fani-Kayode describe ex-President as icon of democracy

By Henry Umoru & Ben Agande

ABUJA—FORMER Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said yesterday that if former President Goodluck Jonathan had not conceded the 2015 Presidential election and congratulated his opponent, President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria would have been plunged into a cauldron of fire.

This came as Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has congratulated the former President on his 59th birthday, describing him as an “Icon of democracy and a great achiever.”

L-R: Media Aide to erstwhile Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Jude Ndukwe; Chief Femi Fani-Kayode; ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and Precious Chikwendu, Fani-Kayode's wife during the presentation of Birthday Card to felicitate with Jonathan on his 59th birthday, yesterday, in Abuja.
L-R: Media Aide to erstwhile Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Jude Ndukwe; Chief Femi Fani-Kayode; ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and Precious Chikwendu, Fani-Kayode’s wife during the presentation of Birthday Card to felicitate with Jonathan on his 59th birthday, yesterday, in Abuja.

According to Fani-Kayode, instead of thanking him, those same forces have repaid his good with evil.

He added that the former President had proved to the world that African leaders could be competent, kind, gentle, humane and selfless.

In his birthday message to  former President Jonathan at 59, Fani-Kayode, who was the spokesperson to Jonathan‘s Presidential Campaign Organisation, described his boss as a man of honour and peace and one that had brought joy and hope to millions of Nigerians.

The statement read: “Happy 59th birthday to President Goodluck Jonathan, a man of honor and peace and one that has brought so much joy and hope to millions.

“You have proved to the world that African leaders can be competent, kind, gentle, humane and selfless.

“You have everything to be proud of and much still lies ahead for you in the affairs of our nation.

“You are the light amidst the darkness: a man that was prepared to let go of power whilst others craved for it, abuse it and are obsessed with it.

“Had it not been for that single and historic decision that you made to concede the election last year and congratulate your opponent, Nigeria would have been plunged into a cauldron of fire and the most bloody civil war that the world has ever known.”

Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has congratulated former President Jonathan on his 59th birthday, describing him as an “ icon of democracy and a great achiever.”

The party, in a statement yesterday by the spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye, said Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s “legacies and achievements in academia, politics, governance and social life remains indelible and worthy of emulation by well-meaning people.

“You are a shining light during and after office as one of the heads of state in Nigeria and Africa in general who willingly conceded power to the opposition in the interest of peace and democracy.”


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