The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has felicitated with former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the occasion of his 84th birthday.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday, the party described Mr Obasanjo as “a patriotic leader, global figure and exceptionally energetic administrator, who made immeasurable contributions, both as a military leader and as democratically-elected, for the survival, unity, stability and development of our dear nation.”

It also prayed to God to grant him many more years in good health for the benefit of the country and humanity at large.

Mr Obasanjo was president on the platform of the PDP between 1999 and 2007.

The former military president quit the PDP in 2015 after months of criticising the leadership style of his successor, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

Below is the statement:

At 84, PDP salutes Obasanjo, Extols his patriotism

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) passionately celebrates former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, as he attains the age of 84 years.

The PDP describes President Obasanjo as a patriotic leader, global figure and exceptionally energetic administrator, who has made immeasurable contributions, both as a military leader and as democratically elected President, for the survival, unity, stability and development of our dear nation.

As a military leader, Chief Obasanjo fought for the unity of our dear nation during her turbulent hours as well as making immense personal sacrifices for the return of democratic rule with the birthing of the Second Republic in 1979.

Twenty years after, as a democratically elected President, on the platform of our great party, the PDP, Chief Obasanjo further united our nation with the entrenchment of democratic values of all-inclusiveness,
rule of law, respect for the constitution, regard for the sensibilities of Nigerians as a people, transparency in governance and establishment of various institutions for good governance in all critical sectors of
national life.

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Nigerians celebrate President Obasanjo for running a visionary administration, leading to the revamping of our productive sectors, settling of our foreign debts, turning our nation into an international
investment destination and elevating her from a pariah and debtor nation to becoming one of the fastest growing economies of the world under his watch.

Under the Obasanjo-led PDP administration, our nation witnessed most of its best days as Nigerians particularly in the private sector, thrived in all fields, including telecommunication, aviation, banking and finance, education, manufacturing, sports, entertainment, real estate, healthcare both at home and in the international arena.

Our party extols President Obasanjo’s undying sense of patriotism and love for our dear nation for which he has remained fearlessly active in his counsels, directions, admonitions and firm stance against injustice and impunity in the polity, and urges leaders, across board, to emulate his all-inclusiveness and commitment to the nation.

Our party congratulates President Obasanjo and prays God to grant him many more years in good health for the benefit of our nation and humanity at large.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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