Presidential primary: Jonathan congratulates Atiku, Obi, Tinubu, others, calls for issue-based campaigns

Abuja—Former President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the winners of the recently concluded presidential primary election of various political parties in the country.

He congratulated Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), among others.

Jonathan in a congratulatory message on Facebook said their emergence as presidential candidates of their respective parties is an indication of their interest in the progress of the country.

According to him, he considers all of them democrats who believe in Nigeria and her progress, reason, they strive to be elected to lead the country.

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Jonathan however, urged them to run issue-based campaigns devoid of divisiveness, bitterness, and treachery as electioneering season approaches.

The post reads in part,

“Your emergence as the flagbearers of your parties after submitting yourselves to a rigorous selection and election processes demonstrates your belief and interest in the progress of our nation.

“I consider you are all aspiring to be elected as the leader of the country because you are democrats who believe, like the rest of us, that Nigeria is our common heritage which we should all strive to protect, prosper and preserve for the future generation.

“As you progress towards the electioneering campaigns, it is important that the issues confronting the country and credible solutions take center stage.

“I urge you to conduct your campaigns in a manner devoid of acrimony, divisiveness, and treachery so that at the end of the day Nigeria will win, democracy will triumph and humanity will be better for it.

“As I have always said, no ambition is worth the life of another. As candidates, you must eschew violence and acts that will encourage any form of bloodletting or exacerbate the national fault lines.

“We live in a season of unprecedented violence and all political leaders have a responsibility to de-escalate the tension in the country. The candidates by conduct and language must prioritize non-violence and peaceful coexistence.”

The former president opined that the 2023 elections present an opportunity to renew Nigeria, rebuild the dreams of the founding fathers and revitalize the economy.

He also urged political leaders and politicians to prioritize the peace and stability of the country as they prepare for next year’s elections.

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