ECOWAS Chair meets Jonathan, Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria

The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States and Ghanaian President, John Mahama, has met with the Presidential Candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party President Goodluck Jonathan and the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr. Mahama met President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday, who is seeking re-election, at the Presidential wing of the Abuja airport.

Speaking to journalists after the closed door meeting, Mr. Mahama said ECOWAS expects violence-free elections and a post-election that will ensure that Nigeria maintains its place in the region.

He said ECOWAS hopes all “parties involved in the election would accept the results of the election in good faith when INEC has announced the results of the elections”.

“I am here in my capacity as the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of States of ECOWAS on election visit to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“As you are aware, our sub- region this year, has five countries that are going through elections and ECOWAS has been involved in ensuring that this elections are held in a peaceful and transparent environment.

“We have tried to ensure that obstacles to free and fair elections are removed to ensure that election are free and fair, people would accept the results of those elections. As chair of the authorities of Heads of State of ECOWAS, I have extended my solidarity to the Nigerian people through my brother President Jonathan, to see that the whole of ECOWAS, not only ECOWAS, but the international community is in solidarity with Nigeria to have a very transparent election so that the democratic process in Nigeria will be better entrenched.

Mr. Mahama said Nigeria faces a critical election that will indicate to the world that Nigeria is democratic. He said ECOWAS will do everything possible to ensure that the elections hold peacefully especially because of the role Nigeria plays in the sub-region.

“As you know, Nigeria is a very important member of ECOWAS. The largest economy, the largest nation in the ECOWAS region and so Nigeria’s safety and security is the safety of and security of the whole of ECOWAS region and so I stand on behalf of all the Presidents of ECOWAS and wish that all Nigerians will come out and express their votes and their votes would count towards electing who becomes the next leader of this country,” he said.

The ECOWAS chairman later met with the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Buhari, and the chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega.


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  • Otile

    In Afghaistan Farkhunda, 28, was beaten, hit by bats, stamped on, driven over, and her body dragged by a car before being set on fire.

    A policeman who witnessed the incident on Thursday told AP news agency that Farkhunda was arguing with a local mullah. Her father said she had complained about women being encouraged to waste money on the amulets
    peddled by the mullahs at the shrine.

    “Based on their lies, people decided Farkhunda was not a Muslim and beat her to death,” Mohammed Nadir told AP. The policeman who saw the incident, Sayed Habid Shah, said Farkhunda had denied setting the Koran on fire.

  • uduak akpan

    we know election will be free and fair and PGEJ will win

    • Tunsj

      Keep on dreaming.

  • kemi

    We have decided to vote PGEJ period

    • Tunsj

      Who are “We”? Speak for yourself only.

  • Lemmuel Odjay

    It is good you came, Mahama. But sorry, Nigeria cannot provide any guarantee on the outcome of the elections. These are the simple reasons why: The government and its ruling party are desperately doing everything just to remain in power despite having nothing tangible to show for all the six years they have been in power. The scorched landscape of Nigeria is enough evidence. On the other hand the opposition APC under Buhari has thrown everything into the struggle to “liberate” Nigeria from the grips of Nigeria’s perennial enemies, its diehard reactionaries. The third group is made up of the downtrodden and now angry citizens of Nigeria who, unlike their fathers before them, have refused to be bribed into submission and are bent not only on revenge but total change. They are the potent and the most dreadful of all the factors including the military who are even now angling for a chance to seize control. But in the heat of the matter, no thought has been given to them. These angry Nigerians have many reasons why there must be change and while others focus attention on Buhari, these ones in reality perceive him as a catalyst to that change. Their fuse is short and if blown could have the Nigerian military itself scampering for cover. Its effect could easily throw the West African subregion into a bad spin. It should not be allowed to happen. That is the reason why you have paid us a visit. But sorry, there are no guarantees…

  • Nelson David

    All we want Jonathan to continue as president. He has done what no other past president could do for us.

  • Bassey

    I don’t see Buhari doing half of what President Goodluck have done so i will still vote Goodluck again.

  • Divine West

    Bahuri should forget this election because there is no way he can win it.

  • Emeka215

    GMB is kissing his presidential dreams goodbye already.

  • Enumah

    SAI JONATHAN!!!

  • Nwaobilor

    Let there be peace among us this approaching polls.

  • maureen

    Femi Fani-Kayode
    ‘APC planning military intervention,’ PDP spokesperson says

    ‘Jola Sotubo | 04:16 | 24.03.2015
    Fani-Kayode stated further that the APC plans to mobilize Nigerians to demand the said intervention if Buhari’s opponent, President Goodluck Jonathan emerges victorious.

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    » more PDP spokesperson, Femi Fani-Kayode  (Premium Times)
    The spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign organization, Femi Fani-Kayode has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of plotting a military intervention if its Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari doesn’t win the upcoming election.

    Fani-Kayode stated further that the APC plans to mobilize Nigerians to demand the said intervention if Buhari’s opponent, President Goodluck Jonathan emerges victorious.

    The PDP spokesperson said that the details of the alleged plot were contained in a nine-minute video produced by the APC, which he said contained ridiculous allegations against Jonathan and members of his cabinet.

    Fani-Kayode made the comments via a statement released on Monday, March 23.

    It reads:

    “They also specifically asked for the targeting and assassination of key members of this administration and a number of its supporters in the event of a Jonathan victory in the coming elections.”

    “We say in clear terms that the video in question and the intentions of those behind it is reprehensible, irresponsible and it is unacceptable.”

    “We wish to take this opportunity to let the APC know that under no circumstances will we allow them to rob us of our legitimate mandate, which, hopefully, will be legitimately and freely given to the President by the Nigerian people on March 28.”

    “We will not also tolerate any act of violence or any attempt to assassinate anybody by their agents in the event of us winning and neither will the people of this country ever allow another military intervention.”

     “They made all kinds of allegations, including the alleged relationship between the President of Chad, the President of Nigeria and Ali Modu Sheriff. Needless to say these allegations are baseless and they are simply unbelievable.”

    “Again, a lot of foreign footage is contained in the video, which suggests that there is an international dimension to the production.

    “This confirms our fears and belief that the APC is being sponsored primarily by money from foreign countries and by agents of foreign governments that are hostile to the interest of our beloved nation, Nigeria.”

    Fani-Kayode had earlier accused Buhari and the APC of receiving funds from terror groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda.
    ‘Jola Sotubo
    is an Associate at Pulse.
    ‘Jola is a lawyer by profession, a photographer by training and a writer at heart. She believes that the status quo is never good enough and that life is best lived to the fullest.

  • kingsley obi

    Daddy Peace has always been a peace loving man.

  • Dr Sam Nwiyordee

    The bad wind we have in this nation are the APC members.

  • felicia jones

    Nice move by ECOWAS.

  • sofia williams

    It has been GEJ all the way and so far there has been peace.

  • chinwe davis

    TeamGEJ, now till 2019, recognize that!

  • more progress in the GEJ camp, well its only a matter of time, the election is close.

  • I like this recent development, ECOWAS confirm am na Jonathan we want, and na so e go be finally.

    • Maitama Tambari

      How? Always lies. WE ALL BELIEVE CHANGE! YES WE CAN IN NIGERIA. ALI MUST GO. YES JONATHAN MUST GO.