Nigerians resident in Ghana on Wednesday in Accra rallied at the Aviation Social Center to celebrate what they termed as ‘peaceful elections and hitch-free handover of political power’ in their country.
The event dubbed: ‘the Nigeria Democracy Fiesta’ and organized by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) in collaboration with the failed People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of Nigeria, All Progressive Alliance and the All Progressive Grand Alliance, had in attendance participants from the various Nigerian communities in Ghana.
The March 28, 2015 Nigeria national elections was won by the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.
The celebration, according to them, was a wakeup call to the rest of Africa on the need to take pride in promoting peaceful democratic processes on the continent.
Ghana Country Coordinator of TAN, a pro – People’s Democratic Party youth empowerment group with over twenty million membership in Nigeria and the Diaspora, Prince Emmanuel Okeson in his welcome remarks at the event, said the celebration was to showcase Nigeria’s success ‘in unity and democracy.’
He said even though the outcome of the elections was widely speculated to be bloody, Nigerians proved to the rest of the world that they have grown from a democracy marred by violence to one that is issues-based and peaceful.
‘The 2015 election that was touted to be the most violent election turned out to be the most peaceful in the history of Nigeria,’ he said.
He used the occasion to appeal to other African states to emulate the Nigerian example and desist from violence at polls.
BY Melvin Tarlue
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