“He’s a national icon of democracy” – PDP celebrates Jonathan at 66

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on his 66th birthday today, saying he continues to stand out as a national icon of democracy and international statesman.

National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Hon. Debo Ologunagba said this in a statement on Monday.

The party described the former president as a sincere, selfless, humble, courageous and patriotic leader who, as a product of the PDP, remains steadfast to his commitment towards the peace, unity, stability and development of Nigeria.

“Nigerians across all divides celebrate President Jonathan for his unwavering commitment in upholding democracy tenets of Rule of Law, Separation of Powers, constitutionally guaranteed freedom and rights of citizens, the principles of justice, equity and fairness; dedication to free, fair and credible election in Nigeria in line with the manifesto and policy thrust of the PDP; credentials that are indelible in our national annals.

“Dr. Jonathan is celebrated for his efforts in strengthening the bond of unity, love, harmonious living, mutual respect and understanding among Nigerians as well as creating an atmosphere for free enterprise, which enabled our nation to thrive in all sectors under his watch.

“Our Party is proud of President Jonathan’s unprecedented achievements and massive economic productivity in all sectors through which the PDP administration under his Presidency bequeathed a $550 billion economy (largest in Africa and 26th globally) at the end of his successful tenure in 2015,” the PDP said.

The party lamented that these “achievements have been reversed by the incompetent and massively corrupt All Progressives Congress (APC) administrations”.

The PDP said it relishes the fact that in recognition of his democratic credentials, Jonathan continues to be saddled with foreign engagements including superintending over election observation and peace negotiation missions across the globe where he excels to the admiration of all.

“The PDP family celebrates Dr. Jonathan on this auspicious occasion and prays to God to grant him more wisdom, good health and happiness in his service to our dear country and humanity,” the statement further read.

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