The former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo and that of Tanzania, Benjamin Mkapa have called on Ghanaians as well as political leaders to work towards free, fair, credible and peaceful elections on Wednesday.
In a statement jointly signed by the two former African leaders and released in Accra, Ghana, they said as concerned leaders “in our different countries and in Africa, we believe that it was appropriate and fitting at this point in the process of democratic dispensation in Ghana and for the coming elections to express our good wishes and brotherly solidarity for all the people of Ghana.”
They believe that all Ghanaian leaders of all political parties will do nothing to impede or adversely set back the democratic process in Ghana.
They appealed to all leaders in all walks of life, particularly political leaders to ensure that “by their words, deeds or actions, they do not inflame the ambers of anger, distrust, mistrust, abuses, insults, acrimonies and other tendencies that can mar the election process in the immediate preparations, during and after the elections.”
Former presidents Nkapa and Obasanjo believe that the rules and regulations and the legal processes provided in the electoral laws of Ghana are good enough if observed by all parties to ensure peaceful and credible elections in Ghana on the 7th December.
They expressed gratitude that all political leaders agreed to a peace accord, and to keep to the terms of the accord and code of conduct that will ensure no violation of the rules, regulations and laws of the elections, and that all the leaders will abide by the ruling of the Electoral Commission of Ghana.
The past African leaders believed that ‘’if there are grievances, such grievances will be pursued through the legal processes established by law without resorting to violence, acrimony, and disturbances by any individual, political party, or group of individuals.’’
They assured the Ghanaians that ‘’this is the best way to advance democracy in our fledgling democratic dispensation in Africa and particularly in Ghana’’.
Former presidents Mkapa of Tanzania and Obasanjo of Nigeria wished ” all brothers and sisters in Ghana very peaceful, free, fair, credible and fully participatory elections to continue to set a good example of sustainable political stability for the rest of Africa.”