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Jonathan Defeats Tinubu, Others, Wins African Leadership Award

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[caption id="attachment_6069" align="alignnone" width="680"]Goodluck Jonathan, Former President of Nigeria[/caption]

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has defeated former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and former United Nations Secretary General, Koffi Anan, to win the African Leadership Magazine Person of the Year, 2015.

Other defeated nominees are; founder of Econet Wireless; Strive Masiyiwa; Chairman of Heirs Holding, Tony Elumulelu; Executive Director of UN Women, Mlambo-Ngcuka, President of African Development Bank, AfDB, Akinwunmi Adesina.

Former Pro Tempore President of the Liberian Senate and Chairman of the 2015 African Leadership Person of the Year selection committee, Cletus Wortoson, disclosed this through a letter addressed to Jonathan.

The letter noted that there is no other suited person for the position but Jonathan, adding that the uncommon characteristics, displayed by the ex-president in deepening democracy in Africa was highly commendable.

The letter read: “There is no one best suited at the moment than your Excellency, to advise the continent’s leaders on the merits of good governance and enduring democracy.

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“Your popular mantra of ‘one man one vote’ and ‘my ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian,’ is a message that must be preached loud and clear on the continent, hence our endorsement.

“It is with great pleasure that I bring you the news of your selection as the African Leadership Magazine Person of the Year, 2015.

“In adopting you as our choice, we placed a very high premium on your commitment towards deepening democracy on the continent – a characteristic which is uncommon among most African leaders at the highest level today.

“Chief among the many factors we considered was your efforts towards promoting good governance in Africa through the promotion of free and fair elections across the continent.

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“Your recent assignment to Tanzania received accolades and international acclaim, because you discharged the responsibility most creditably.

“We resolved that there is no one best suited at the moment than Your Excellency, to advise the continent’s leaders on the merits of good governance and enduring democracy.

“The board is fully persuaded that you have served your country, Nigeria, meritoriously, conducted a free and fair election, in which you lost and yet conceded defeat, a development seeing by many in the continent as historical.

“Your popular mantra of ‘one man one vote’ and ‘my ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian,’ is a message that must be preached loud and clear on the continent, hence our endorsement.”