The Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu has commended the people of Ghana for living up to their rating as beacons of democracy in the West African region.
The Speaker stated this in a congratulatory message to the winner of the Ghana Presidential election and incumbent President, Mr John Mahama.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu said: "I warmly congratulate you and the good people of Ghana for making the region proud. This is because once more, you have re-enacted a peaceful, free, fair, and credible election."
Ekweremadu, who is also Nigeria's Deputy Senate President, however, said that the success was not an individual victory for Mahama or Ghana alone. According to him, it is a victory for democracy and integration for the entire peoples of West Africa.
"This, coming on the heels of similar democratic consolidation in Sierra-Leone, counts as an additional momentum for democracy. It is also a bold statement to the entire world that democracy and good governance have indeed come to stay in our region."
He urged Mahama to galvanise all Ghanaians for the progress of his country irrespective of political inclinations.
He also congratulated the opposition for staging a tight race for the office of the President and charged them to join hands with the President to continue to move their country forward. NAN