Jonathan ‘face of democracy in Africa’ — Atiku

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has described former President Goodluck Jonathan as the “face of democracy in Africa”.

Mr. Abubakar, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, said Mr. Jonathan’s democratic ideals were evident in his respect for the will of the people.

Mr. Jonathan turned 60 on Monday. Mr. Abubakar posted a tweet to wish him a happy birthday on Monday morning.

“A very happy 60th birthday to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan @GEJonathan, the Face of Democracy in Africa. Your words that your ambition isn’t worth the blood of our citizens will stand forever,” the tweet read. “I wish you continued good health and wisdom.”

While gearing up for his re-election bid, Mr. Jonathan told Nigerians in 2014 to eschew political violence, saying his ambition was not worth dying for.

He was also hailed for conceding early defeat during the 2015 election, an act his supporters say saved the country from potential post-election violence.

The two leaders were members of the now-opposition Peoples Democratic Party before Mr. Abubakar decamped in 2013 to then recently-formed APC, after attempts to prevail on Mr. Jonathan not to seek a second term failed.

Mr. Abubakar also led many political bigwigs out of the PDP, a development that significantly affected the party’s fortunes and culminated in Mr. Jonathan’s defeat in 2015.

As 2019 elections draw closer, there are speculations Mr. Abubakar may leave the APC if President Buhari seeks the party’s ticket.

Although he has repeatedly shown interest in 2019 run, Mr. Abubakar has been quiet about the platform he plans to pursue his ambition, especially if Mr. Buhari runs as widely feared.

Calls for the former vice-president to return to the PDP have increased of late, with Mr. Jonathan saying last week that the best platform for him to realise his ambition is the PDP.


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  • Dawood

    The more reason thieving Atiku shouldn’t come anywhere near Aso Rock. Jonathan face of democracy in Africa? More like Jonathan face of corruption in Africa.

  • Screw-em

    I dey laffu for Turaki Fulfude with Zuru teeth. Atiku sipped an extra drop of Burukutu and this is it’s effect….lol

  • Rommel

    And you Atiku is the face of what????? maybe you should go back to PDP, president Jonathan in serious countries would be in jail by now

    • Daniel

      With Buhari’s ugly past and perjury on his qualifications, do you think he ought to be president in a serious country?

      Pathetic ostrich!

  • wazobia decomposition !!!!!!

    Jonathan ‘face of roguery in Africa’ — Atiku

  • Suleiman Alatise

    Of what use is a human being if he has no conviction.

  • atakamosu

    Atiku has left APC for ?

  • sirOscie

    Well said Waziri Adamawa.
    Happy Birthday to Former President GEJ..

  • Baba Jada

    Well said Atiku.
    GEJ is a champion of peace and democracy.