US govt issues strong warning over elections in Edo, Ondo

The United States Embassy in Nigeria, on Friday, expressed its disappointment over the interference of security personnel in politics, ahead of the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States.

It also issued a warning to political actors in Edo State, over the spate of violence, which is causing tension ahead of next month’s polls.

In a statement via its twitter handle @USinNigeria with the caption, “U.S. Embassy Statement on 2020 Off-Cycle Elections in Edo and Ondo States,” it stated that the US government “will continue to follow political developments ahead of off-cycle elections in the country” as an ally of the control.

It also urged all stakeholders to ensure peaceful and transparent electoral processes.

The statement reads: “The United States supports a democratic process where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results, and does not favour any party or candidate.

“We are concerned with reports of the deteriorating political climate in Edo State and are disappointed with the role played by some political actors in the state. We are especially concerned with allegations of interference by security forces in political matters, which we will continue to monitor closely in the run-up to gubernatorial elections in the state in September.

“As we approach the 2020 off-cycle elections in Edo and Ondo, we urge all stakeholders to work towards a free, fair, transparent, and peaceful process. We encourage all stakeholders, including INEC, political parties, and the security services, to continue to improve the electoral process.

“We look to Nigeria as an important leader on the African continent. As a democratic partner of Nigeria, the United States remains committed to working together to achieve our mutual goals of peace and prosperity for the citizens of both our countries.”

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