- Former President Goodluck Jonathan celebrated his 59th birthday anniversary on Sunday, November 20
- While opinions vary as to how he ruled the country, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under which he ruled the country has thrown up a controversy
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday, November 20 called former President Goodluck Jonathan an icon and added that Nigerians earnestly yearned for his return to government.
Jonathan, now 59 was defeated by Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the 2015 election described as one of the most tension-soaked in the country.
Though his administration has been filled with various scandals, some Nigerians and the PDP think the entire country still wanted him back.
In a statement to celebrate him, the PDP, through its chairman, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, said: "At 59, your legacies and achievements in academia, politics, governance and social life remains indelible and worthy of emulation by well-meaning people.
"You are a shining light during and after office as one of the Heads of State in Nigeria and Africa in general who willingly conceded power to the opposition in the interest of peace and democracy.
"Your Excellency sir, in less than two years of leaving office, Nigerians are yearning and crying for your return especially as your successor who won the 2015 presidential election on the altar of propaganda and lies against your administration has done no better since he took over from you on May 29, 2015."
The party noted that Jonathan planted the seed 0f electoral reforms for free, fair and credible electoral and democratic processes in the country adding that the All Progressive Congress (APC) is the primary beneficiary.
It however noted that the harvest of these reforms "have been eroded and quickly replaced with inconclusive elections, electoral apathy, voter inducement, intimidation, harassment and unfair incarceration of judges and squeezing of opposition at all levels.
"This reversal of your achievements is also visible in all sectors of our economy as the vibrant and largest economy you left behind in May 2015 is today in great recession and near depression.
"Your Excellency sir, this is your 59th birthday anniversary, and so let us allow you celebrate instead of bothering you with the sick and comatose state of our economy.
"We pray the Almighty God to bless you with good health and many more years of service to your home state, Bayelsa, Nigeria, Africa and the world in general. We wish you 59 hearty happy cheers."