From JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE, Abuja
President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated President John Mahama on his victory in last weekend’s presidential elections in Ghana. In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, Jonathan said 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, was 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.
He said the elections was 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 congratulated the people of Ghana for the successful conduct of the polls.
While calling on the victorious candidates and political party to extend a hand of partnership to the opposition, in the spirit of reconciliation and national progress, he enjoined all political leaders in Ghana 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.
Jonathan said as President Mahama prepare to begin a complete term in office as leader of his country, he assured him of the continued support, cooperation and goodwill of the Federal Government and people of Nigeria for his administration and the people of Ghana.
He said he would continue to work and collaborate with President Mahama and his administration at bilateral and multilateral levels on issues of common interest to Nigeria and Ghana.