Election Monitoring: Embarrassed ECOWAS Vows Never to Invite Obasanjo Again

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Ghanaian President elect, John Dramani Mahama-Photo: Reuters
By SaharaReporters, New York

Following embarrassing and undemocratic utterances by General Olusegun Obasanjo at yesterday’s meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the leadership of the commission today held a review meeting that could end the possibility of future election observation on its behalf by the former Nigerian leader.

As SaharaReporters reported yesterday, Obasanjo was the figure behind the recommendation of the ECOWAS observation team to curtail the media in election observation that contradicts the position of ECOWAS and other international democracy observers.

A senior ECOWAS official said of today’s development, “Our meeting this evening has resolved, and this will be communicated to the political leadership of ECOWAS, that Chief Obasanjo should be saved the trouble of trying to give what he doesn't have.”

He said the review was necessitated by the negative reaction generated by General Obasanjo's role in the observation mission and the potential for it to undermine the credibility of ECOWAS in future observation missions.

According to the senior officer, “You know Obasanjo is a loose cannon. He becomes uncontrollable once bestowed with power. We regret this appointment and vowed never to have the man invited to head missions again.

“ECOWAS was only fortunate to have [been] at an election of an advanced and stable democracy. Were it to be a volatile country, his disposition, recommendations and utterances are not only capable of truncating the electoral process, they are capable of jeopardizing the security and safety of our 250 monitors mobilized from across the sub-region.”

 

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He just couldn't help disgracing himself

We know who he is, it is a pity ECOWAS still had confidence in him. But what i like about this whole issue is the way he has exposed himself to the world. Military and democracy president that did nothing but spoil the economy.

And right now coming out to criticize.. i wanna slap him though.. but he is a grandpa.

Soon he'll be Yoruba god like Awo

Just from what we know of Yorubas so far, don't be surprise that when this walking bloodthirsty monster that is not different from their now 'dead god' Awolowo who was equally bloodthirsty in his own rite, die, he will also be turned to a 'saint/god' like Awolowo, who they also mocked like they and everyone else are doing this one now.
Big shame to people so blinded that they insist on 'Nigeria' as a country. Insanity at best!

There abound ignorant

There abound ignorant Ghanaians that I didn't quite think existed who could talk so low of a General and former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The people who asked Obasanjo to come to Ghana knew enough that if a peaceful Ghana as a result of its Presidential is allowed to go the same way of Ivory Coast, it might not be able to handle the friction like Ivory Coast did. Therefore a name like Obasanjo in any third World Nation during its Election will put everything in perspectives. The Ghanaian would be dissidents will cower and lay down their weapons if OBJ is mentioned. Ever since the Massacre in Ghana by Flight Lt JJ Rawlings years ago, no one has heard from the Lt outside the Gold Coast. Jerry did not envisage the world to be what it is today. I don't know if he sleeps one night and wake up with thinking about the Hague. When we talk about our Leaders we must do it with honor and respect.

There abound ignorant

There abound ignorant Ghanaians that I didn't quite think existed who could talk so low of a General and former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The people who asked Obasanjo to come to Ghana knew enough that if a peaceful Ghana as a result of its Presidential is allowed to go the same way of Ivory Coast, it might not be able to handle the friction like Ivory Coast did. Therefore a name like Obasanjo in any third World Nation during its Election will put everything in perspectives. The Ghanaian would be dissidents will cower and lay down their weapons if OBJ is mentioned. Ever since the Massacre in Ghana by Flight Lt JJ Rawlings years ago, no one has heard from the Lt outside the Gold Coast. Jerry did not envisage the world to be what it is today. I don't know if he sleeps one night and wake up with thinking about the Hague. When we talk about our Leaders we must do it with honor and respect.

Ghana election

Segun again? Not a democrat

Ghana are you people serious with your country?

I am appalled to hear and even watch Ghanians allowing that virus infected ape into their country!
Please, Ghanians do you guys want to go on reverse gear? Do you guys want the introduction of Sharia aka Boko Haram?
Do you guys want the kidnappers swarm to take over? Now how on earth will you allow devil to come and perform baptism for you and expect a go out come?
You resist the devil and it will flee from you, if you wish to continue on the path of progress, as an African who wished well for any country that wish itself well, Please, avoid anyone with curse and blood on their hands associating with your progress or else they will infect it with their curse!
Avoid those viruses from 'Nigeria' as long as Nigeria remain a fake country that it is!

Fools paradise

The bigger fools are the so-called ECOWAS, AU, UN, EU who always see such worthless old ape to be their point of reference in peace or democracy.
Their hypocrisy made them unaware of the mans' credentials and tons of blood on him?
What qualifies him to stand among normal people that they will elevate him to status he did not deserve? A man that in a sane world would have in the least gone the way of his ilks, the known sick psychotic dictators of this world. It is only so-called Nigeria that narcissists and bloodthirsty thugs who kill millions, loot with open eyes, and share people's resources among their whores and acolytes and nothing happens, only to be 'elevated' by the world that should know better. Can a dictator advice on democracy?
UN Bank-In-Mum was first to make the Ota ape to feel like he is a normal person, when he sent him to be a 'peace' envoy of UN to Congo. The height of madness and ineptitude on the side the worst UN Secretary to date!

Obasanjo's Undemocratic Utterances

What exactly did Chief Obasanjo say?

Monitoring Elections in Ghana

ECOWAS believe in Big Name that kills a Puppy. The likes of Obasanjo cannot give what they dont have. ECOWAS knows that Nigeria is a sleeping and snoring GIANT. Obj has just shown you what the stuff is if it were Nigeria's.

Re-ECOWAS regrets inviting Nigeria's OBJ as election monitor

Is ECOWAS just knowing Obasanjo? They should have seek for the opinion of Nigerians who have known this man for the horrible eight years of despotic leadership. This was the man who conducted an election using intimidation and to crown it all he levelled it "Do or Die" affair. A man who had exhibited scandal upon scandal in his social life by sleeping with his son's wife only to be invited to monitor election in a country that knows it's right from its left. It's just unfortunate for the ECOWAS and it's officials who do not know who Obasanjo is

The controversial bigot

I am not sure why anyone expects anything good from this over-rated man called Obasanjo.
He is bad news wherever he goes and when he opens that dirty mouth, venom comes out of it so why can't he just be left to rot in Ota. Won gbe ra ina lojo tiwon bi rara. What does he know about democracy when he is a soldier to the core. Let us learn to ignore the bigot.

This article is a lie

This article is a lie. A senior ECOWAS official will never make such statements public. that's not the way it works in diplomatic circles

What did Obsanjo say?

You are right, " what did Obasanjo say?" Perhaps wrong policy decision, but in a situation like that, was the policy not debated and approved by all? It was a working committee involving group decision and not an Obsanjo's solo farm business. I smell hatred and prejudice against Nigeria and its involvements in such scheme.!

THIS BABA SELF

When Obasanjo resigned as PDP BOT "Baba Ke" and he promised to start to dey mentor people. Laugh catch me plenty. Nigeria is a funny country. It is only here a poor man can found his fortune change over night and become multi millionaire. Just steal and stuff ballot papers. Baba will give you backings and you can laugh yourself to bank both at home and abroad: so far Baba is happy with you. 1999 to Date; when Nigeria suppose to be out of wood. Where we dey now. He come go Ghana to show his usual KABIYESI syndrome. Ghana or any country that give Baba too much inch must be ready for all sorts of wounds. Na Baba Style.

Bad Joke!

U may have set out to joke about this but it does comes out as hideous, ill-timed, bad-tasting. Don't be naive!

what???

what do u expect?

can anyone tell me the credible election(s) OBJ has conducted b4?

u cant give what u dont have period.

SEGUN AGAIN?

But then, Segun failed charity test at home, how then can he win resoundingly outside? I hate to remember Soyinka's metaphor for him. Guess you all remember as per above name? If he can defraud his own son, he will defraud just anyone.

Who Be ECOWAS Leaders Self

OBJ Baba ke! Carry dey go, abi who be ECOWAS leadership self? Dem don fight war before or dem don rig election twice before?

Why Ghana self dey allow them yeye press dey disgrace Baba Iyabo. Abi which of dem past presidents don sleep with im pikin wife before?

If ECOWAS leaders no behave themselves Baba Iyabo go boycott all una as Robert Mugabe don beg Baba tire say make he come give correct advise for Zimbabwe. I dey laugh oooooooooh

Ouch !!!

senior ECOWAS official said of today’s development, “Our meeting this evening has resolved, and this will be communicated to the political leadership of ECOWAS, that Chief Obasanjo should be saved the trouble of trying to give what he doesn't have.”

Ouch !!! That hurts !

Where is that shameless Osi Akponobi (OC) who claims OBJ is his hero to come and see the disgrace of his hero. Fools hero-worshiping an incestuous idiot !

Ecowas Monitoring of Election in Ghana

Oh! many of our people who wake up and sense that he had becomes mad does not understand that the process start long before. All the crying of wolves, were they blind when they make Obasanjo ECOWAS election head of delegation to monitor election in a country in the sub-region.?

What all this mess prove is that our administrators never come together to debate and reflect on decision making. They're just their approving all sort of nonsense without taking time to evaluate the consequence an individual with less integrity can compromise decision making....you people are the problems of the sub region.

Oh! many of our people who

Oh! many of our people who wake up and sense that he had becomes mad does not understand that the process start long before. All the crying of wolves, were they blind when they make Obasanjo ECOWAS election head of delegation to monitor election in a country in the sub-region.?

What all this mess prove is that our administrators never come together to debate and reflect on decision making. They're just their approving all sort of nonsense without taking time to evaluate the consequence an individual with less integrity can compromise decision making....you people are the problems of the sub region.

POOR JOURNALISM

Sahara reporters seem to be drifting more and more into junk journalism. At least they should have published OBJ's comments that was so controversial to attract such blacklisting. Again, it was expected that such a senior official's name should also be made known. I suggest that the news editor looks at what is being published before it goes online.

What a big disgrace to the

What a big disgrace to the country, and the most annoying thing he will still be feeling cool within himself.

The EC has stolen the verdict for President Mahama

Why are they Forcing the Cheated to accept. This is Ghana. We don't accept just any result like happens in other countries.

Our Electoral Commissioner has not been fair. Figures have been manipulated I. Favor of the Ruling Government.

Now it seems the AU and Ecowas are both putting pressure to accept their choice. All we need to do is to adhere to the Constitutionally agreed method of Resolving such Conflicts. Why should the AU Chairman come all the way to Ghana to compel us to accept.

As for President Obasanjo, the least said about his intervention, the better.

The Party that has been cheated is a Going Concern. It's members must see them as rightly fighting for their right.

Ghana's,election 2012 has been stolen. Lets head to the court to resolve this.

Baba done do shege

Baban don do waiting hin sabi pas. Na small thing be that sef.

Why are they forcing us to Accept the Rigged Election in Ghana

President Ayi Bony of Benin and President Obasanjo have both declared our elections free and fair. But the results does not reflect the free and fairness. Legally no Party is required to accept defeat unless it is certain that the Umpire has been fair.
The Electoral Commissioners in Ghana do not seem to have been fair. Figures relayed to Accra from the Electoral Areas have been seriously Doctored.
In spite of this, the AU Chairman and the Ecowas Observer team Chairman is asking the Victims of this Election,to accept.

Why don't want the Victims to be heard in Court? Why don't they want the Electoral Commission to Audit the Results they have out out.

Surely, this will deepen our Democracy better than JUST ACCEPT. Is democracy that cheap? And is the party that has been cheated not a Going Concern?

Please let Ghanaians resolve these issues legally as laid out by the Election Laws.

AU President, please Support the Rule of Law s that others will Emulate. Thanks.

Why are they forcing us to Accept the Rigged Election in Ghana

President Ayi Bony of Benin and President Obasanjo have both declared our elections free and fair. But the results does not reflect the free and fairness. Legally no Party is required to accept defeat unless it is certain that the Umpire has been fair.
The Electoral Commissioners in Ghana do not seem to have been fair. Figures relayed to Accra from the Electoral Areas have been seriously Doctored.
In spite of this, the AU Chairman and the Ecowas Observer team Chairman is asking the Victims of this Election,to accept.

Why don't want the Victims to be heard in Court? Why don't they want the Electoral Commission to Audit the Results they have out out.

Surely, this will deepen our Democracy better than JUST ACCEPT. Is democracy that cheap? And is the party that has been cheated not a Going Concern?

Please let Ghanaians resolve these issues legally as laid out by the Election Laws.

AU President, please Support the Rule of Law s that others will Emulate. Thanks.

none

ENI TI O FUN IGBIRA LOTI MU LO NI KO FO OYINBO.

Ecowas Misfortune

How could ECOWAS nominate undemocrat to head a mission to democratic election. It will definitely be of great tragedy!

ECOWAS TAKE PRECAUSION

ECOWAS INORDER TO AVOID SUCH EMBARASSMENT IN THE FUTURE,TRY TO HAVE OPINIOR POLL BEFORE TAKING ANYBODY IN NIGERIA FOR THAT MISSION.

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