The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday, Jul 22, congratulated former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan on his appointment as Chairman, International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP)-Africa.
ISCP-Africa, is a body of incumbent and former Presidents as well as Heads of State and their deputies, which was established in 2019 by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), an organisation in general consultative status with the United Nations (UN).
As the leader, the former president is expected to lead the charge for the organization’s crusade for peace and good governance in the continent.
The PDP in a congratulatory message issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the appointment was in recognition of his leadership qualities as a democrat as well as his resounding success in peace-keeping efforts across the world.
“Our party is assured that former President Jonathan, will deploy his wealth of experience strengthened by the democratic tenets and principles of our great party, in his new mandate of providing direction for the essentials of peace, security and development in Africa.
“The party also congratulates ex-President Jonathan on his appointment as the Chancellor of Cavendish University, Uganda (CUU).
“The PDP is elated that former President Jonathan is so honoured to hold the position previously held by late President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia as well as late President Benjamin Mkapa of the Republic of Tanzania, because of his commitment to education and human capital development, in line with the ideals.
The party urged Jonathan to use the positions to further the advancement of peace and development in Africa and the world at large.
The former Nigerian leader emerged chairman of the ISCP -Africa during its International Leadership Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, last month.
In a keynote speech titled ‘The Need for Good Governance and Peaceful Electioneering Process in Africa’, Jonathan urged the African Union (AU) to set theminimum acceptable standards for appointing the leadership of electoral commissions as a means of building citizen confidence and ensuring credibility of elections in Africa.
Jonathan noted that the credibility and legitimacy of electoral processes are hugely dependent on the competence, impartiality and independence of electoral management bodies (EMBs).
He also added that many African nations face election-related crises in cases where the citizens have no confidence in the electoral process, especially when they suspect that the election umpires do the bidding of the partisan appointing authorities.