Ex-president Jonathan also defeated the founder, ECONET Wireless, Strive Masiyiwa; the Chairman, Heirs Holding, Tony Elumulelu and the President, African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina.
This was disclosed by former Pro Tempore President of the Liberian Senate and Chairman of the 2015 African Leadership Person of the Year selection committee, Cletus Wortoson, In a letter to ex-President Jonathan, Wortoson said:
“There is no one best suited at the moment than your excellency, to advise the continent’s leaders on the merits of good governance and enduring democracy. “Your popular mantra of ‘one man one vote’ and ‘my ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian,’ is a message that must be preached loud and clear on the continent, hence our endorsement.
“It is with great pleasure that I bring you the news of your selection as the African Leadership Magazine Person of the Year, 2015.” The committee applauded Jonathan for his “uncommon characteristics” in deepening democracy in Africa, adding that “In adopting you as our choice, we placed a very high premium on your commitment towards deepening democracy on the continent – a characteristic which is uncommon among most African leaders at the highest level today.
“Chief among the many factors we considered was your efforts towards promoting good governance in Africa through the promotion of free and fair elections across the continent.