Kufuor, two others confer with Jonathan and Buhari

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor, leader of the 250-strong Observer Mission of the Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS) to the Nigerian elections, Monday held separate talks with incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and his main challenger, former military leader General Mohammadu Buhari.

President Kufuor was accompanied by Former Liberian President Amos Sawyer and Former Malawian President, Bakil Muluzi who head the African Union and Commonwealth Observer Missions respectively, for the elections.

Former President Kufuor and is counterparts counselled the two major contestants on the need to maintain the peace that characterized the elections and not to resort to violence to resolve disputes that may arise from the collation of the results.

At the meeting with President Jonathan at the Aso Rock, Former President Kufuor congratulated him for supervising a successful elections and urged him not to do anything to mar the accolades being showered on Nigeria for their impressive conduct during the polls.

Former President Kufuor said it is important that the will of the people be respected at all times, as made manifest by the polls, adding that the strategic might of Nigeria in African made it imperative for the country to show the way for sustainable democratic development on the continent. 

He noted that as observers they were impartial and had only come to observe and report to the world what transpired during the elections.

At their meeting with General Buhari, Former President Kufuor said it was important that all stakeholders in the elections played according the ‘rules of the game’ and did not engage in acts that will cast doubt on the outcome of the elections.

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He said where suspicion was created in the minds of the electorate, it became difficult for the people to accept the outcome of the polls and urged them to put all their grievances through the judicial process for redress.

Both President Jonathan and General Buhari, assured the leaders for their commitment to upholding the constitutional process and pledged to abide by the results.

They commended the three former leaders for their commitment to the progress of Nigeria and Africa and assured them of their support in raising the image of Africa.

Final results of the elections which is the fifth since Nigeria returned to democratic rule in 1999 is expected on Tuesday, 31st March.

The polls on Saturday, had to be extended for another day following the cancellation of voting in some areas because late start and disturbance which led to loss of lives in some instances.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana