ECOWAS Chairman and President of Ghana John Mahama has urged the various candidates in the upcoming Presidential elections in Nigeria to “accept the results in good faith” when declared by their electoral body.
According to Mr Mahama, the peace of Nigeria is crucial to the stability of the entire ECOWAS sub-region.
“This is a critical election for Nigeria and it will be one more indication to the world that Nigeria is a democratic country ruled by the tenets of rule of law.
“And so we would want to wish you all the best. We expect that there will be no post-election violence and all the parties involved in the election will accept the results in good faith when declared.
“Nigeria is a very important member in the ECOWAS sub-region and so Nigeria’s security is the security of the entire ECOWAS sub-region and so all the President of ECOWAS will wish that all the people of Nigeria will come out and vote,” Mahama stated when he addressed the Press in Nigeria, where he is on a one-day state visit.
Africa's most populous nation is due to vote in presidential elections on Saturday.
President Goodluck Jonathan is facing a strong challenge from the opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari.
Key election issues include security and the threat from Boko Haram.