President, AU, ECOWAS election observers meet
A TEAM of past African leaders leading international monitoring missions to observe last Saturday’s presidential election yesterday expressed confidence that the aftermath of the poll would mark the beginning of a brighter Nigeria.
At a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday, the leaders, who were unanimous that the conduct of the March 28 presidential polls had not only made the country proud, but all Africa, said the success of Nigeria was a reflection of African success.
The observers, who were led to the Presidential Villa by former President of Ghana, John Kufuor, briefed the President on their findings around the country about the conduct of the elections. Others at the meeting included Aisha Laraba, Chairperson of the African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs; Amos Sawyer of Liberia, Leader of African Union Election Observers in Nigeria and Bakili Muluzi, former President of Malawi and leader of the Commonwealth.
The meeting was being held at the same time the results of the presidential election were being announced by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, in Abuja. Kufuor said: “We have been in the country with our groups observing all over the country; now we have come to a point where from what we have seen, I’m sure you heard from some of us that the elections have been peaceful, transparent and credible.
“We appreciate the processes though not yet done till the results are declared then of course the aftermath of the declaration. But we have come this far and we wanted to give an interim reports to the authorities that mandated us to come and to the world and to Nigerians in particular, to let everybody know that Nigeria so far has been at peace with the process and so we appeal to Nigerians to continue in this mood throughout the entire process. “So that at the end of the day the people of Nigeria will be satisfied with themselves that they use the process to get the government they want and deserve.
Nigeria succeeding will be not only in Nigeria but to West Africa and to the continent, we will all be made proud of the success here achieved by Nigerians for themselves and for all of us.” He added: “At this point, some of us will go back to our homes and we cannot go without coming to the State House here to the President and the Vice for the good work they have done.
Because it is under their watch that this peaceful, transparent, credible election happened and is natural they be congratulated for the work done so far. “So, that is why we came to pay respect to the President, his vice more or less to ask for leave to go. Of course, leaving the rest of our observer team behind to see through the entire process hoping it will reach very successful conclusions so they can make final reports to world.”
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