The party said his achievements in office, including the electoral reforms he initiated as well as the vibrant and largest economy in Africa he bequeathed are being destroyed.
The national publicity secretary in Makarfi’s group, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, in a statement said, “Your Excellency Sir, in less than two years of leaving office, Nigerians are yearning and crying for your return especially as your successor who won the 2015 Presidential Election on the altar of propaganda and lies against your administration has done no better since he took over from you on May 29, 2015.
“Your Excellency, the harvest of your electoral reforms for free, fair and credible electoral and democratic processes for which the All Progressive Congress (APC) is the primary beneficiary of have been eroded and quickly replaced with inconclusive elections, electoral apathy, voter inducement, intimidation, harassment and unfair incarceration of judges and squeezing of opposition at all levels.
“This is your 59th Birthday Anniversary, and so let us allow you celebrate instead of bothering you with the sick and comatose state of our economy.”
“At 59, your legacies and achievements in academia, politics, governance and social life remains indelible and worthy of emulation by well-meaning people. You are a shining light during and after office as one of the Heads of State in Nigeria and Africa in general who willingly conceded power to the opposition in the interest of peace and democracy.
“We pray the Almighty God to bless you with good health and many more years of service to your home State, Bayelsa, Nigeria, Africa and the world in general. We wish you 59 hearty happy cheers.”
For his part, former President Jonathan said he appreciated God who has made it possible for him to attain the age of 59.
“What am I without my people? I thank you all and as you remember my birthday with me,. My prayer is that God will also reward you,” he added.