Jonathan beat Bola Tinubu, founder of ECONET wireless, Strive Masiyiwa, former UBA Chairman, Tony Elumulelu, Koffi Anan, to bag the award.
Pro Tempore president of the Liberian senate and chairman of the 2015 African Leadership Person of the Year selection committee, Cletus Wortoson, announced Jonathan's victory in a letter.
The former president beat APC National chairman, Bola Tinubu, founder of ECONET wireless, Strive Masiyiwa, former UBA Chairman, Tony Elumulelu, President of African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina and former UN secretary general, Koffi Anan, to win the award.
Wortoson's letter reads in part: "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.
"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. Your recent assignment to Tanzania received accolades and international acclaim, because you discharged the responsibility most creditably.
"We resolved that 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.
"The board is fully persuaded that you have served your country, Nigeria, meritoriously, conducted a free and fair election, in which you lost and yet conceded defeat, a development seeing by many in the continent as historical".
Tons of accolades and commendation has trailed Jonathan's decision to concede in the 2015 Presidential election.
He had placed a telephone call to the winner of the poll, Muhammadu Buhari (now President), congratulating him on his victory - the move which earned him respect among global leaders.