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AU, ECOWAS, Commonwealth heads laud Jonathan over polls


Abuja—The heads of the Commonwealth, African Union and ECOWAS Election monitoring teams have commended President Goodluck Jonathan for organising successful, credible and fair elections.

Nigeria's President Jonathan speaks during an interview with ThomsonReuters in New York

Addressing state House correspondents after meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan, the leader of the ECOWAS team, former President John Kuffour of Ghana said the success recorded during the election was as a result of the leadership provided by president Jonathan.

According to President Kuffour, Nigerians must continue to maintain the peace throughout the election 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 they deserve”.

He 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 yesterday (Sunday) that the elections have been peaceful, transparent and credible up till yesterday.

”We appreciate the processes 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 Nigeria 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 they 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.

“At this point some of us must go back to our homes and we couldn’t 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 elections has been happening and is natural they be congratulated for the work done so far.

“That is why we came to pay respect to the President, his vice more or less to ask 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 make final reports to world” he said.

President Jonathan had earlier met with the  Leaders of the African Union, ECOWAS and Commonwealth Observer missions at the Presidential Villa.

The former President of Ghana and leader of the ECOWAS Election Monitoring Delegation, John Kuffour, former President of Malawai and leader of the Commonwealth Monitoring team, Barili Muluzi  and former President of Liberia and AU Monitoring team leader, Amos Sawyer met President Jonathan and Vice president Namadi Sambo in one of the conference rooms near the president’s office. The meeting which started at 3:30  behind closed doors ended thirty minutes later.

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