Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has described former President Goodluck Jonathan as a hero of democracy in Nigeria.
Atiku who spoke today, Wednesday when he paid a courtesy call on ex-President Jonathan at his country home, Otuoke in Bayelsa State, recalled Jonathan’s exemplary decision to hand over the reins of power without qualms.
He said that that singular historic decision set him apart as a Democrat of unimpeachable credentials, reflecting on Jonathan’s action that doused tension in the country at that time.
Atiku said that the situation in Nigeria might have been different if he (Jonathan) did not voluntarily relinquish power.
“I want to say without equivocation that history will be very kind to you. As the democrat that I have always been, I want to say you have truly excelled! If you did not excel as a democrat par excellence, I wonder what the situation in Nigeria would be today.”
Responding, ex-President Jonathan commended Atiku for appointing former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel as Director General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organization.
According to him, Daniel’s choice as DG was the right decision, adding that the same person was DG of his own (Jonathan’s) Campaign in the Southwest and that he performed creditably, leading to him electoral success in the zone.
He said that his relationship with Atiku dated back to more than 16 years ago when he was Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State during which time the Waziri Adamawa showed him friendship and support.
On his own part, Daniel paid tribute to Jonathan as the most educated President Nigeria has ever had, who made it through the ranks as Deputy Governor to becoming Vice President and subsequently President of Nigeria.