Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated President John Dramani Mahama on his victory in the two-day Ghana elections. President Jonathan admitted his Ghanaian counterpart’s election is an endorsement of his leadership quality.
In a statement signed by Dr. Reuben Abati, the president’s Special Advisor on Media and Publicity, President Jonathan charged President Mahama to reach out to the opposition parties for the development of the country.
“President Jonathan welcomes President Mahama’s success in securing his people’s mandate for a full term in office, following his assumption of Presidential powers after the death of his predecessor in July 2012, as an endorsement by the Ghanaian electorate of his leadership and his party’s action plan for further socio-economic development and continued consolidation of democracy in the country,” the statement read.
It added: “President Jonathan notes that the very keenly contested elections have been adjudged as free and fair by observers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other international observers. The President on behalf of himself, the Government and people of Nigeria salutes the people of Ghana for the successful conduct of the polls.”
President Jonathan assured President Mahama of continuous support from the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“As President Mahama prepares to begin a complete term in office as leader of his country, President Jonathan assures him of the continued support, cooperation and goodwill of the Federal Government and people of Nigeria for his administration and the brotherly people of Ghana.”
He also asked political leaders to “join hands with the government to collectively deepen democracy in the country in the overriding interest of continued peace, political stability and progress in their country.”
“President Jonathan looks forward to continuing to work and collaborate with President Mahama and his administration at bilateral and multilateral levels on issues of common interest to Nigeria and Ghana.”