ECOWAS Chair, Nigeria, Says Guinea Election Crucial
Daily Trust (Abuja)
West Africa: Ajumogobia – Guinea’s Election Crucial for Ecowas
Aisha Umar Agaie
4 November 2010
Nigeria has called on the Government of Guinea to ensure that the transition programme in the country is brought to a successful end through a free, fair and transparent electoral process that will earn it national support and international respect.
Foreign Affairs Minister Odein Ajumogobia said as the current chair of ECOWAS, Nigeria considers Guinea a very important member of the sub-regional body whose political stability and smooth return to democracy have significant implications for regional stability and development.
He said Nigeria will continue to monitor the political transition in Guinea, which will peak with the run-off of the presidential election slated for November 7.
Ajumogobia said ECOWAS is concerned that elections were postponed on two previous occasions on account of electoral violence and difficulty over the appointment of head for the electoral body.
Nigeria appealed to the two presidential candidates – Mr Cellou Diallo of the Union Des Forces Democratiques De Guinea (UFDG) and Mr Alpha Conde of the Rassemblement Du Peuple De Guinea (RPG) – to eschew inflammatory remarks that may jeopardise peace and stability.
Ajumogobia assured the government and people of Guinea of the “unflinching support” of Nigeria and other ECOWAS member states “as the nation awaits the conclusion of its first post-independence democratic political transition process.”