This Saturday, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the former Vice President of Nigeria, is scheduled to travel to Sierra Leone to serve as the chair of a 12-person Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) for the country’s upcoming elections.
Osinbajo accepted the invitation from the Commonwealth to lead the Observer Group, which was formed by Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, to oversee and assess the general elections in Sierra Leone.
Laolu Akande, Osinbajo’s media adviser, confirmed the Vice President’s travel plans through a post on Twitter. Akande mentioned that Osinbajo will be in Sierra Leone for the remainder of the month, indicating his commitment to fulfilling the duties of the Observer Group.
In his tweet, Akande stated, “Immediate past VP Osinbajo heads to Sierra Leone today as Chair of 12-person Commonwealth Observer Group for the country’s elections. He’ll address a Press Conference on Monday and be in the country for the rest of the month. Later, the Osinbajo-COG will report on the election’s credibility.”
This will mark the fifth occasion on which a Commonwealth Observer Group has been deployed to monitor elections in Sierra Leone since the civil war ended in 2002.