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President of the Republic, Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has emphasised the importance of events stemming out of the Nigerian elections to the continent and more specifically West Africa. 

Expressing Ghana’s solidarity with some mishaps that has characterised the exercise, he noted the impact on the course of democracy in the subregion cannot be overemphasised.

Scores of protests have arisen in the course of the Nigerian polls with issues of electoral irregularities delaying the collation of the results four days after the exercise.

Several polling centres were vandalised with electoral materials destroyed disenfranchising some voters.

Many have accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of scheming events in favour of the ruling All Progressive Congress.

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However, President Akufo-Addo expressed optimism amid the gloomy picture in overcoming whatever challenges the elections have brought through due process to foster peace.

The President was speaking at the 2023 presentation of New Year’s Diplomatic Greetings of members of the Diplomatic Corps at the Peduase Lodge in the Eastern region.

“I cannot end today without expressing solidarity of the Ghanaian people with the brotherly people of our great neighbour, the Federal Republic of Nigeria as they encounter significant challenges in the ongoing national elections for new national leadership.

“I hope that these challenges would be resolved peacefully in accordance with due process and that the will of the Nigerian people will be duly manifested.

“The impact on the cost of democracy in West Africa and indeed in the entire continent of Africa by.the events in Nigeria cannot be overemphasised. We wish them the best of luck and God’s blessings,” he prayed.

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By Felix Anim-Appau|