ECOWAS: ECOWAS Commission President hails Nigeria over successful polls

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Desire Ouédraogo has congratulated Nigerians for the successful and peaceful conduct of the 28 March 2015 presidential and Federal Legislative elections.

Speaking on National Television Programme “Good Morning Nigeria,” the ECOWAS chief also felicitated with the President-elect Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, and President Goodluck Jonathan for his humility and Statesmanship in conceding defeat even before the official announcement of the poll results.

He also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“Nigeria is a key member of ECOWAS, with the largest economy and in African and the most populous nation in the continent,” President Ouédraogo said. “What happens here has a great impact on our region. We therefore call on all Nigerians to maintain the peace.”

He described the peaceful and orderly conduct by Nigerians during the successful electoral process, capped by the statesmanship demonstrated by President Jonathan, as examples not only for Africans but the entire world.

He said the Nigerian example is particularly significant with some notable lessons for the consolidation of democracy in the ECOWAS region which has four other major elections this year in Togo, Guinea, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire.

The Nigerian election is also one of the 10 slated for Africa this year.

PANA reports that ECOWAS is among the regional and global bodies that sent observer missions to Nigeria for the elections, and has described the elections as free and fair in its preliminary report.

Nigerians return to the polls 11 April to elect state governors and state lawmakers.
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03 Abril 2015 13:10:28

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