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West African coalition to visit Nigeria

West African coalition to visit Nigeria
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The non-partisan network comprises 35+ CSOs in 15 West African countries.

The West African Democracy Solidarity (WADEMOS) Network will embark on a three-day solidarity mission to Nigeria from January 25 to January 27, 2023. This is ahead of the forthcoming 25 national elections to be held in February. Since Nigeria returned to civilian rule in 1999 when it began its Fourth Republic, Nigeria has held a total of five consecutive presidential elections without interruption from the military or external forces – 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015. This will be the sixth election.

A non-partisan independent civil society-led transnational democracy solidarity network. WADEMOS consists of over 35 civil society organizations (CSOs) located in 15 West African countries. Its secretariat is based in Accra, Ghana. It is housed at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD) in Ghana. During their mission in Nigeria, the network’s delegation is expected to meet and interact with the ECOWAS Commission in FCT, Abuja. They are also to engage the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the preparations for the general elections.

Upcoming Nigerian elections on strengthening democracy in the region.

Additionally, the network is scheduled to hold talks with some other stakeholders, which include the Nigeria Peace Council, political parties, civil society organizations, and the media. WADEMOS Project Director, Professor Prempeh, said, “The purpose of the visit is to interact with various stakeholders on issues confronting the sub-region and the implication of the upcoming Nigerian elections on strengthening democracy in the region. As a transnational civil society led organization, it is important to have first-hand information from the people involved in the processes.”

He stated that the network is interested and concerned about the situation in the sub-region. Three national elections will be held in Nigeria in 2023. Therefore, it is important that as a regional powerhouse in the sub-region, Nigeria sets the tone for free, peaceful and transparent elections in the sub-region. In other words, Nigeria must live up to its name as the Giant of Africa, a country that is capable of setting the pace and influencing how situations turn out in other countries.

Outcome of the presidential election will impact the country and the region.

The WADEMOS Network delegation will include representatives from a number of other networks. These include the West African Election Observation Network (WAEON), the Rencontre Africaine pour la Defense des Droits de l’Homme (African Meeting for the Defense of Human Rights—RADDHO) in Senegal, the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), the Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) in Liberia, L’Association Femmes Leadership et Development Durable (AFLED) in Mali, and the National Elections Watch (NEW) in Sierra Leone.

As the most populous nation and largest economy in Africa, the outcome of the 2023 presidential election will have a significant impact on the future political and economic direction of the country and, by extension, West Africa. WADEMOS Coordinator, Kop’ep Dabugat, said, “We aim to solidarize with civil society, particularly the WADEMOS Members in Nigeria, namely, Yiaga Africa, Center for Democracy and Development-West Africa (CDD-West Africa), Women in Politics Forum (WIPF), and the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) around their planned activities for the 2022 Nigerian general elections and also to strengthen cooperation among pro-democracy actors involved in the elections.”

Network will observe the elections in relation to West Africa.

As the network continues to advocate for free, fair, peaceful and transparent elections, they will also observe various aspects of the 2023 general elections in relation to the current context of democratic backsliding in West Africa. The Network Coordinator disclosed that the organization has noted the high level of enthusiasm particularly among the youth ahead of the elections in February 2023. “We hope that civic education activities intensify in order to promote informed and active citizen participation in the democratic process,” he said. WADEMOS will be sharing solidarity messages from democracy champions, creators and leaders of CSOs from across West Africa with the stakeholders in Nigeria as part of their agenda to regionalize all national elections in the sub-region.


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7 days ago

West African coalition to visit NigeriaThe non-partisan network comprises 35+ CSOs in 15 West African countries. – Express your point of view.

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6 days ago

I hope Nigeria networks with the West Africa Coalition when they come. We all need to be unified to be able to solve our national issues together.

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6 days ago

This is a good gesture from the non governmental organizations across the Africa countries and Nigeria this seriously at this crucial time because there is saying that when Nigeria sneezes,all other Africa countries cashes cold of it and there is no better time than this to embark on such journey.

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6 days ago

Going back to histories it is true that Nigeria is indeed the giant of Africa but the international political powers have down tone the strength of this country. I strongly hope that the non-partisan network comprises 35+ CSOs in 15 West African countries visit to Nigeria will work for our favour.

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6 days ago

It is wonderful. There have been a total of five consecutive elections for president held in Nigeria. These elections have not been disrupted by the military or any external forces.

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6 days ago

It is anticipated that the network’s delegation will meet with and engage in conversation with the ECOWAS Commission.

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6 days ago

Wow, so in addition to this they are to collaborate with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the activities leading up to the general elections.

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6 days ago

The goal of the trip is to have in-depth discussions with regional actors about the challenges facing the sub-region and the impact the impending Nigerian elections would have on fostering democratic institutions in the area.

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6 days ago

It is critical that Nigeria, as a regional superpower in the sub-region, establishes the standard for elections that are free, peaceful, and transparent for the rest of the sub-region.

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6 days ago

It is a fact that Nigeria is the largest country in Africa, yet the political authorities on a global scale have played down the significance of this nation’s power.

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6 days ago

Ahead of the elections that will take place in February 2023, the organization has observed a strong degree of enthusiasm, particularly among the younger generation.

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6 days ago

There is no better time to begin such a journey, thus it is heartening to see non-governmental groups from throughout Africa and Nigeria taking it seriously at this momentous occasion.

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6 days ago

As soon as the West African Coalition arrives, I hope Nigeria will begin coordinating with them. A cohesive front is necessary if we are to successfully address the challenges facing our country.

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6 days ago

The non-partisan network comprises 35+ CSOs in 15 West African countries coming to Nigeria for the general election will be of great benefits to the country.

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6 days ago

It is encouraging to see non-governmental groups from throughout Africa and Nigeria taking it seriously at this moment.

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6 days ago

I just hope the non-partisan network comprises 35+ CSOs in 15 West African countries visit to Nigeria will work for our favour.

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6 days ago

I hope the visit of the west African coalition to Nigeria would be of benefits to the country at this dire period when the election is around the corner.

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6 days ago

The purpose of the tour is to engage in-depth conversations with regional players regarding the difficulties that are confronting the sub-region as well as the influence that the upcoming elections in Nigeria would have on the process of strengthening democratic institutions in the region.

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6 days ago

West African coalition to visit Nigeria. It is very important for them to come and observe the Fort coming Nigeria election.

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6 days ago

Our country should welcome the west African well and accept them and unite together to help in the problem we are facing across the country their come should be a positive in our country

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5 days ago

The results of the 2023 presidential election will have a considerable impact on the country’s future political and economic direction, as well as the direction of West Africa as a whole. Nigeria is the most populous country and has the largest economy in Africa.

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5 days ago

I think Nigeria will start collaborating as soon as the West African Coalition shows up. If we are to successfully handle the issues facing our nation, we must present a united front.

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