Ghana’s Legislature is considering inviting Nigerian leaders Muhammadu Buhari and Goodluck Jonathan ahead of the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections which many political pundits describe as one of the most crucial elections in the Nation’s history.
The purpose of the invitation is for the two political protagonists to share their experiences on how they successfully went through the 2015 elections which saw the transfer of political power from an incumbent government to an opposition party for the first time in country’s electoral history.
Nigeria’s elections was widely acclaimed by the international community as one of the most peaceful and transparent elections in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho disclosed this when the immediate past Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega paid a courtesy call on the leaders of parliament.
He was in Ghana at the invitation of IEA to deliver a lecture on the occasion of its 25th anniversary on how Nigeria managed to go through a successfully election.
The former INEC Chairman also paid a courtesy call on the Chief Justice, Mrs Georgina Theodora Wood and the Flagbearer of the biggest opposition party, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo.
As Ghana prepares for one of her most crucial elections, and with the stakes being high, it is important that we learn from the experiences of Nigeria which had just come out of an election and the role the two political actors, Muhammadu Buari and Goodluck Jonathan played in ensuring a successful election and peaceful transfer of power.