John Dramani Mahama has pledged the support of ECOWAS towards a successful elections in Nigeria.
Ghana’s President and Chair of ECOWAS John Dramani Mahama, has pledged the support of the group towards a successful elections in Nigeria.
President Mahama gave the assurance on a pre-election visit to Nigeria.
He said ECOWAS is of the firm belief that the country’s security system was now robust enough to repel any mishap they may arise during the polls.
Read full remarks by President John Mahama:
I am here in my capacity as the Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government on a pre-election visit to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Our sub region has five countries that will hold elections this year and ECOWAS has been involved in ensuring that these elections are held in a peaceful and transparent environment.
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.
As Chair, I have extended my solidarity with the Nigerian people through my brother President Jonathan to say that the whole of ECOWAS and the International community is in solidarity with Nigeria to have a transparent and free election and further entrench the democratic credentials of Nigeria.
This is a critical election for Nigeria. It will be one more indication to the world that Nigeria is a democratic country ruled by the tenets of good governance and the rule of law. We want to wish you all the best.
We are also meeting with the INEC to look at the state of preparedness. I believe that following the postponement of the elections from February 14 to March 28, it has given the INEC much more time to be able to complete all its processes and be in readiness to ensure that voters are not disenfranchised and the results of the elections are accepted.
We expect that there will be no post election violence and all the parties involved in this election will accept the results in good faith when INEC announces them.
ECOWAS will continue 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.
As you know, 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.
I stand on behalf of all the Presidents of the ECOWAS sub-region and wish that all Nigerians will come out and vote towards the election of the next leader of Nigeria.
Thank you very much.