Tanzania Elections: Fayose Supports GEJ’s Appointment

Tanzania Elections: Fayose Supports GEJ’s Appointment

Ayodele Fayose, the governor of Ekiti state, has hailed the appointment of the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, as the leader of a 33-nation observer mission to monitor the upcoming election in Tanzania.

Tanzania Elections: Fayose Supports GEJ’s Appointment
Ayodele Fayose and Goodluck Jonathan

The governor, in a statement issued by his special assistant on public communications and new media, Lere Olayinka, described the appointment as a global recognition of the ex-president’s democratic credentials.

“Jonathan’s appointment to lead the Commonwealth observer team, comprising 33 countries, is in recognition of his remarkable role in the last presidential election in which he conceded defeat, thereby saving Nigeria from catastrophe that even the international community thought would befall the country.

“Jonathan should be celebrated, and I am happy that the world is beginning to give him the deserved recognition and celebration less than five months that he left office,” the governor said.

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Fayose said that he was not surprised that Jonathan was asked to lead the Commonwealth election observer team because the former president provided the foundation for democracy in Nigeria.

He also noted that some politicians from Jonathan’s team also received appointments in international orgnisations.

“Even if those, who benefitted from his show of love and commitment to the peace and development of Nigeria are paying him back with persecution and victimisation, I am happy that the former president and those who worked with him are being celebrated globally.

“Today, four of those who worked with Jonathan, who were called thieves by our friends on the other side, are holding top positions in international organisations.

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“Mrs. Omobola Johnson, the immediate past Minister of Communication Technology, is a honorary chairperson of the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), a United States-based global coalition; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Finance Minister, now chairs the Board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), as well as senior advisor to Lazard, a 167-year-old global investment firm; Arunma Oteh, former Director General of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), is the Treasurer and Vice President of the World Bank and Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, is President of the African Development Bank (AFDB).

“I, therefore, congratulate Dr Jonathan and urge those presently holding power in Abuja to emulate him by putting Nigeria and its interests first,” the governor said.

Earlier this month, Jonathan congratulated Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala over her emergence as the chair of the board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation and appointment as senior advisor to Lazard Ltd.

The former president described Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment as a great honour to Nigeria and praised her achievements in many sectors including power, telecoms, agriculture, financial services and infrastructural development.

Source: Legit.ng

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