President Goodluck Jonathan Monday congratulated President John Mahama of Ghana on his victory in last weekend's presidential elections.
A statement by the President's spokesperson, Dr. Reuben Abati, said Jonathan applauded 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.
"This is 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," the statement stated.
President Jonathan, who noted that the very keenly contested elections have been adjudged as free and fair by observers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other international observers, said "on behalf of himself, the Government and people of Nigeria, President Jonathan salutes the people of Ghana for the successful conduct of the polls."
While calling on the victorious candidate and political party to extend a hand of partnership to the opposition in the spirit of reconciliation and national progress, he admonished all political leaders in the country to join hands with the government to collectively deepen democracy in the overriding interest of continued peace, political stability and progress.
President Jonathan assured Mahama of Federal Government continued support, cooperation and goodwill for his administration, adding that he was looking forward to working with him.