-for a Violent-free 2023 General Elections

The ECOWAS Commission has pledged sustained collaboration with Nigerian political actors and stakeholders in opposition to retaining violent-unfastened and credible common elections in February and March 2023.

The pledge was once made through the ECOWAS Director, Political Affairs Dr. Aderemi Ajibewa at first of a 4-Day discussion and mediation coaching and interactive workshop arranged for individuals of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) and different political stakeholders from the North-west and North-east geo-political zones, on thirteenth December 2022 in Kano State, Nigeria.

Represented through a Principal Programme Officer Mr. Ebenezer Asiedu, Director Ajibewa steered contributors to be aware of using discussion and mediation in addressing election-similar disputes because the 2023 common elections rapid approaches. He notes, “The sustenance and enhancement of ECOWAS’ strategic engagement with the electoral process in Nigeria is an indication of our commitment and preference towards using dialogue and mediation in resolving electoral disputes and violence”. This, amongst others, are smartly espoused in its 2001 supplementary protocol on democracy and just right governance, and the 2008 ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF).

Lamenting that electoral disputes have change into a big supply of conflicts in West Africa, with violence steadily caused or heightened through political patronage, communal and sectarian tensions, he additional wired the wish to paintings in combination to stop attendant electoral violence, whilst noting that the main job sooner than the contributors was once brainstorming and collaboratively figuring out contending problems across the drawing close common elections and determine methods to mitigate possible electoral violence sooner than, right through and after the workout.

The IPAC nationwide chairman Alhaji Yabagi Sani took particular realize of the timing of the workshop whilst opining that the stakeholders are the “custodians of today’s democracy in Nigeria”. He noticed that for vital causes, the present electioneering processes in Nigeria have attracted authentic consideration of key stakeholders of the electoral procedure greater than some other time in historical past.

The opening rite was once enriched through goodwill messages given through the Kano state Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Daniel Itse Amah who confident of ok safety provision and detailed intelligence accumulating efforts aimed toward making sure violence-unfastened elections. The consultant of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Mr. Sulaiman Alkali deplored the winner-takes-it-all syndrome and disclosed that the Commission is these days saddled with greater than 600 electoral-similar litigations. In his goodwill message, the Head of the liaison place of job of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) Dr. James Aji restated the strategic significance for ECOWAS and UNOWAS to paintings collaboratively to advertise peace and toughen the steadiness of the area.