Goodluck Jonathan: Governor Okowa salutes ex-president at 62

Goodluck Jonathan: Governor Okowa salutes ex-president at 62

- Dr Goodluck Jonathan is celebrating his 62nd birthday on Wednesday, November 20

- Prominent citizens have been sending their best wishes to the immediate past Nigerian leader

- One of such persons is the executive governor of Delta state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa

Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated former President Goodluck Jonathan on his 62nd birthday.

Jonathan, a Bayelsa-born politician and former Nigerian president, clocked 62 on Wednesday, November 20.

Governor Okowa hailed Jonathan for his peaceful disposition towards politics, power and issues of life, describing him as a committed patriot and father of modern democracy in Nigeria.

In a statement sent to journalists by his chief press secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, on Tuesday, November 19, Okowa stated that Jonathan possessed leadership prowess, laced with wisdom.

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He added that the administration of the former president deepened democracy in Nigeria, especially when he conducted a credible election that led to his ouster from office.

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According to him, the former president’s exemplary contributions aided the institutionalization of democracy and improvement of elections in Nigeria through his personal sacrifice and leadership by example.

Okowa stated that Jonathan’s place in global history was assured when he made a patriotic but rare telephone call conceding defeat in the 2015 general elections.

“Your administration will long be remembered in history as the government that epitomized the rule of law and freedom of expression as there were no records of human rights abuses when you led the country.

“The government of Delta under my watch will continue to leverage on the peaceful disposition, legacies of leadership, solidarity and support of accomplished, highly respected statesmen and committed patriots like you as we vigorously pursue our stronger Delta agenda,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bayelsa governor, Seriake Dickson, has claimed he visited Jonathan about 16 times during preparations for the just concluded governorship election in the state.

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Governor Dickson stated this on Tuesday, November 19, while addressing journalists in government house, Yenagoa on the outcome of the election.

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