Buhari Pledges INEC’s Assistance To Benin Republic In Conducting Credible Elections In 2016
With the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, under President Muhammadu Buhari yet to successfully conclude gubernatorial elections in two states, the president has offered the commission’s service to the Republic of Benin as it prepares to conduct general elections in 2016.
The elections conducted by INEC in Bayelsa and Kogi were not only inconclusive, the political actors in both states have declared readiness to challenge in court, the electoral umpire’s role in said polls.
But that did not stop President Buhari from pledging that Nigeria will assist its close neighbor in conducting free and fair general elections that will usher in a new president for the country in 2016.
Making the pledge at a joint news conference with President Boni Yayi on Tuesday after a closed door meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Mr. Buhari congratulated Yayi, who will be completing his second five-year tenure as President of Benin Republic in February 2016.
NGTrends reports that the Beninese president was on a one-day state visit to Nigeria.
“He (President Boni Yayi) is going to round up his two terms of five years.
“He will be 10-year old in February as a President. I congratulate him
“Certainly, Nigeria, using its experience of holding elections, will make sure that the election in our neigbouring country has gone on smoothly and as humanly possible”, President Buhari said.
He disclosed that Nigeria and Benin Republic have agreed to put in place fresh strategies to check oil theft in the Gulf of Guinea.
President Buhari also promised to expedite action on the request by Benin Republic to link its power turbine with the West Africa Gas Pipeline.
On the forthcoming 40th anniversary of ECOWAS, Buhari assured that Nigeria will host the event in the next nine days.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that discussions between the two leaders behind closed doors centered on economic integration, regional cooperation, and security within the West African sub-region.
President Yayi has since returned to his country.