By Chris Udochukwu.
Abuja (Precise Post) – Erstwhile President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan has thanked the Government, political party leaders, parliamentarians, civil society leaders and other stakeholders in The Gambia for the confidence reposed on him as he departed Banjul, Gambia.
Precise Post recalls that Jonathan left Nigeria to Banjul last week Thursday to continue the process of building national consensus and backing the ongoing constitutional review process in Gambia.
The former president who announce his departure on his Facebook page said he is pleased to have been allowed to play a role in furthering the process of the dialogue for a new constitution for the people of The Gambia and thanked them for the cooperation that ensured healthy consultations and positive outcomes.
During his visit last December, Jonathan was said to have made reasonable progress in his bid to get the political parties to reconcile their differences and give the draft constitution a fresh chance of being passed by the parliament.
Precise Post recalls that the ongoing Gambian transition involves the drafting of a new constitution which has to be passed by the National Assembly before being submitted to a national referendum.
According to the Gambian authorities, the former President was invited as the eminent person to facilitate the process of the dialogue because of his neutrality and proven record in democratic and constitutional reforms.
Dr. Jonathan is being supported by the leaders of the intergovernmental International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) who have been designated by the Gambian authorities to provide secretarial and logistics assistance to the former President, in the course of the mission.
The former president on his facebook page said:
“I am pleased to have been allowed to play a role in furthering the process of the dialogue for a new constitution for the people of The Gambia. As I depart Banjul, I thank the Government, political party leaders, parliamentarians, civil society leaders and other stakeholders in The Gambia for the confidence reposed in me and the cooperation that ensured healthy consultations and positive outcomes.”