By Ikenna Uwadileke
Deputy President of the Senate, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, on Friday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to make sure that his administration carried out free, honest and credible common elections in 2019.
An announcement by his Special Adviser (Media), Mr Uche Anichukwu, in Abuja, stated that Ekweremadu made the decision on the Parliament of the United Kingdom in London.
In a lecture on “African Politics: The Dynamics and Lessons”, he urged the president to simply accept the result of the presidential election “ought to he and the All Progressives Congress (APC) fail to win’’.
Ekweremadu additionally decried sit-tight syndrome by Heads of State in Africa, describing it as a grave hazard to democracy within the continent.
He stated that his admonition grew to become mandatory owing to the pivotal and strategic roles Nigeria was taking part in in Africa.
The deputy president of the senate identified that for the continent to be revered by the remainder of the world, Nigeria should not solely prepared the ground but in addition earn the respect of the world.
“Former President Goodluck Jonathan put Nigeria on the worldwide map as a number one democratic nation when he put in all the pieces to make sure a free and honest election.
“He not solely misplaced the presidential ballot as an incumbent, but in addition willingly conceded defeat.
“In truth, he referred to as the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, and congratulated him even earlier than the announcement of the ultimate outcomes.
“In addition, neither former President Jonathan nor the Peoples Democratic Party challenged the result of the election in court docket.
“Therefore, to whom a lot is given, a lot can also be anticipated,’’ he stated.
He added that the onus was now on Buhari “to likewise present a level-playing floor and present unusual statesmanship if he and his occasion lose the 2019 presidential election.
“That method, Africa’s greatest democracy will additional entrench the tradition of peaceable and easy switch of energy from a ruling occasion to the opposition in each Nigeria and Africa.
“Any try to control the 2019 elections to the benefit of self or occasion is not going to augur nicely for peace and democracy not solely in Nigeria, however your entire continent.
“In current age of know-how, I’ll wish to see the international locations of Africa deploying the most recent know-how in voter registration, vote counting, and announcement of outcomes.
“We should be certain that the method is sufficiently clear and unarguably so, such that losers will see and be satisfied that they misplaced pretty.
“That way, election tribunals will be eliminated”.