Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation is due to have their general elections on March 28 and April 11, 2015.
Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and President of Ghana , John Mahama, was in Nigeria yesterday on a one-day state visit, to assess the level of preparations that have so far been put into the conduct of this Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections as well as the governorship and states legislative polls that hold on April 11.
Mahama, who spoke to journalists at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, after meeting with various stake holders in the country, including Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the main opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC), stated that the entire international community are on the alert as they watch to see the process and also eventual outcome of the Nigerian general elections.
He urged the various candidates in the elections to “accept the results in good faith” when declared by INEC, Nigeria’s electoral body.
According to him, the peace of Nigeria is crucial to the stability of the entire ECOWAS sub-region.
“This is a critical election for Nigeria and it will be one more indication to the world that Nigeria is a democratic country ruled by the tenets of rule of law. And so we would want to wish you all the best. We expect that there will be no post-election violence and all the parties involved in the election will accept the results in good faith when declared.
“Nigeria is a very important member in the ECOWAS sub-region and so Nigeria’s security is the security of the entire ECOWAS sub-region and so all the President of ECOWAS will wish that all the people of Nigeria will come out and vote,” he concluded.
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