The Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State & Government, President John Dramani Mahama, has expressed optimism that Nigeria’s upcoming elections would be peaceful, proving to the world that the West African super power is a democratic country ruled by the tenets of good governance and the rule of law.
President Mahama was speaking to journalists in Abuja after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan, as part of a pre-election visit to Nigeria.
The ECOWAS Chair expressed his optimism that there will be no post election violence and all the parties involved in the election which comes off on March 28 will accept the outcome of the elections peacefully.
Nigeria is one of five countries in West Africa that will hold elections this year. The sub regional body, ECOWAS, has been involved in ensuring that these elections are held in a peaceful and transparent environment.
President Mahama revealed that ECOWAS has undertaken in all these countries that are holding elections, long-term observer missions.
“These missions have been monitoring the electoral process in the lead-up to the elections, not just before the elections, but for a longer period. We have received several monitoring reports and working together with the electoral commissions of the countries and the authorities of these countries, we have tried to ensure that obstacles to free and fair elections are removed and people will accept the results of those elections”, he said.
President Mahama also met with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega and his team to discuss the state of their preparedness for the March 28 elections.
He also met the Presidential Candidate of the opposition All Peoples Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, and the Heads of the Commonwealth and AU Observer Missions, President Bakili Muluzi and President Amos Sawyerr respectively.
President Mahama said ECOWAS will continue to do everything possible to stand in solidarity with the Nigerian people to ensure that this election passes successfully and Nigeria continues to play the role that it plays in our sub-regional body.
“Nigeria is a very important member of ECOWAS, the largest economy and the largest population in the ECOWAS region. Nigeria’s safety and security is the safety and security of the entire sub-region”, the ECOWAS Chair said.