The Chairman of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), John Draman Mahama was at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to confer with President Goodluck Jonathan alongside ECOWAS Commission President, Desire-Kadre Ouedraogo over the nation’s forth coming general elections.
The Ghanaian President, Mahama who was received by President Jonathan on Monday afternoon is also scheduled to meet with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega at another venue within Abuja.
ECOWAS sources say, the closed door meetings were to reassure, uphold and cement the contenders, umpires assurances on fair and violence free election agreement endorsed by all contenders in the March 28th and April 11th forthcoming elections.
Mahama is to also meet with the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) after his meeting with Jonathan at the airport.
The Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, has kicked against calls for the postponement of the February polls, insisting that any postponement would make electorates lose confidence in the electoral process.
Addressing supporters at the end of a two-day campaign tour to Obafemi Owode Local Government Area, where he sought their support for his re-election, Senator Amosun stressed that any attempt to reschedule the elections will be unfair on the electorate.
Governor Amosun, however, suggested that necessary steps should be taken to ensure the elections hold as scheduled. he said that his administration would declare a public holiday to allow citizens of the state collect their Permanent Voter Cards as soon as the electoral body bring in the last batch of the cards.
There have been series of report on the plot to postpone the elections, but officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission has assured registered Nigerians that they were doing their best to make sure the election will hold as scheduled.
The Vice President, Namadi Sambo at an event in Abuja advised members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to be united so that the party will have a good standing in the 2015 elections.
Speaking at the one year anniversary celebration of the National Working Committee under the leadership of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Vice President Sambo said that members of the party need to be faithful to the ideals of democracy.
While stressing the need for the repositioning of the party ahead of the 2015 general elections, he stated that the true practice of democracy and the unity of members is key to enhancing the reconciliation efforts of the National Chairman of the party.
Alhaji Bamanga Tukur identified lack of openness, fair-play and internal democracy as some of the problems bedeviling the party.
However, he said that repositioning the party without effectively addressing some of the challenges confronting the party will be an uphill task.