By Michael Adesanya , Abeokuta
A former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has disclosed that the world and friends of the East African country of Kenya were anxiously waiting for the final outcome of the presidential election that was held on Tuesday in the country.
Obasanjo congratulated the people of Kenya over what he described as the “relative peace” that the country has enjoyed during the campaign and preparation for the just-concluded elections.
The former President, in a release which was made available to journalists by his Media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi in Abeokuta on Thursday, however appealed for peace and non-violence over the allegation of hacking into the electoral system, noting that it was a technical issue that should be left for non-partisan committee to look into.
According to Obasanjo, “The world is waiting for the final declaration of the election and the reactions. Allegations of hacking into the electoral system have been made. This, of course, as a technical issue must be thoroughly investigated by a non-partisan Committee of experts, no matter what the final declaration of the election result is.
“The world is also waiting anxiously to see that peace continues to prevail after the formal declaration of the election result. Those of us who are friends of Kenya and who believe that peaceful election in Kenya, like in any other African country, is necessary to stabilise democracy in Africa and lay the foundation for strong economic development, unity and progress are also anxious.”
Obasanjo stated: “It will not be in the interest of anybody in Kenya to have to resort to International Criminal Court again. We appeal for peace, non-violence and dialogue as the eyes of the world is on Kenya and we can’t do better than to show that electorally, Kenya has come of age.”