Action Democratic Party (ADP), on Thursday, felicitated with the former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, as he clocks 62 years old, saying he remains the hero of the country’s democracy as he demonstrated that use of violence or bloodshed in attaining any political power negates its sacred essence.
National Chairman of the party, Engr. Yusuf Sani Yabagi said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos.
Yabagi, while praising the former president, said his tenure was largely characterized by peaceful coexistence amongst the majority of Nigerians.
The party in a statement by the National Chairman of the party, Engr Yusuf Sani Yabagi, noted that Dr Goodluck Jonathan remains the hero of our democracy, because, he demonstrated that use of violence or bloodshed in attaining any political power negates its sacred essence.
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ADP praises Jonathan, that his tenure was largely characterized by peaceful coexistence amongst the majority of Nigerians, even as he charged other political leaders across the country to emulate his humility.
According to him, former President Jonathan is one who never saw a need to foist himself on Nigerians at the time he contested for re-election, adding: “All leaders must continue to abide by the laws as enshrined in the country’s constitution.”
Speaking further, ADP chairman argued that power ultimately resides with God Almighty alone, charging that leaders should attain power through peaceful means and “not by visiting misery and torture on others.”
“Dr Jonathan is a father of the nation, who demonstrated that he was a pro- Nigeria, when he established nine (9) additional Federal Universities, majorly cited in the Northern part of the country, in his quest to ensure that all states of the federation have a Federal University.
“He also went ahead, to build schools for the Almajiris, because he wanted a better life for all Nigerian children. He recoached our railway lines, built new track lanes to standard gauge, there were many other giant strides he achieved. During his time, Nigeria’s GDP was over $500b,” the party chieftain said.
“We as a party can only pray to God Almighty to keep protecting him and his family, as we believe that he still has a leadership role to play, for the development of peace and unity of the country,” Yabagi added.