Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Polls: Ghana turns to Buhari and Jonathan for help.

 
President Buhari and ex-President Jonathan maybe mutual friends, but politically they are definitely not that much of a pal. Nevertheless, the duo's achievement in winning and conceding defeat have earned them some political strides globally. Following this achievement, Ghana have turned to the political icons to assist the nation in their presidential elections. 

The forthcoming Ghanaian general election has been marked out by political analysts as the most crucial contest yet, hence the need to invite President Muhammadu Buhari and former president Goodluck Jonathan who have been in the eye of the storm.

Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, said the Nigerian leaders will be instrumental in diffusing the election tension in Ghana.

Adjaho said he wants PMB and GEJ to share experiences on how Nigeria managed to sail through a very sensitive election that saw the transfer of political power to an opposition party for the first time since independence.

Professor Attahiru Jega, former chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is already in the country sharing his experiences in having handled the polls.

Prof Jega delivered a lecture organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs on Tuesday, December 15.

During the lecture, he charged Ghana and Nigeria to transfer the passion to outdo each other on the football pitch, to a competition of who has the best democratic credentials.

Jega on Tuesday turned to parliament where he paid a courtesy call on the parliamentary leadership in Accra.

Speaking on a controversial debate regarding the need for a new voters’ register, the former INEC boss, advised that the discussions must not take a political dimension.

The Nigerian electoral commissioner also met with opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo.

It is worthy to note that Jega made history after overseeing polls in March 2015 in which 72-year-old Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC), defeated arch-rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which governed Africa’s most populous nation for the past 16 years.

Despite reported administrative inefficiencies, the INEC chairman was credited with organizing an election believed to be the most transparent in the history of Nigeria.

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