March 28, 2022
Wole Akingbasote – California, USA.
The US mission on its social Facebook and Twitter handle urges the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (INEC), political parties and all stakeholders of the electoral process to work towards a free, fair, transparent, and peaceful process in the forthcoming 2020 elections in Edo and Ondo states of Nigeria.
The statement further reinstated USA commitment as a partner and long-time friends of Nigeria its willingness to follow up political developments ahead of off-cycle elections in the country.
Stressing that U.S does not favour any party or candidate, but it is in the best interest of United States to support a democratic process where the will of the Nigerian people will be reflected in 2020 election results.
Specifically the statement raised eyebrows on reports of deteriorating political climate in Edo State and expressed deep concern and disappointment with the role played by some political actors in Edo state. These allegations includes interference by security forces in political matters.
U.S Mission nevertheless promised continuous monitoring of the electoral process closely in the run up to gubernatorial elections in Edo state in September 2020.
The mission statement concluded with the following: “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”