Transparency and Integrity

8/08/2020

US Embassy Berates Security Interference in Edo, Ondo Politics, Calls INEC To Ensure Transparency


The United States Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria has condemned the interference by security force in Edo Politics and charged on all stakeholders, political parties and has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure transparency.

In it's statement made available via it's official Twitter handle, on Thursday 7th August 2020, the US Embassy registered it's concern over conduct of security forces, stressing that the interference of security forces in Edo Politics is undemocratic and stands condemnable.

See Statement:


U.S. EMBASSY STATEMENT ON 2020 OFF-CYCLE  ELECTIONS IN EDO AND ONDO STATES.

" As long-time friends of Nigeria, we continue to follow political developments ahead of off-cycle elections in the country.

" 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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