US expresses worry over Edo, Ondo guber poll

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United States government has expressed worry over the political unrest in Edo state ahead of September gubernatorial poll.

The speculated feud between Governor Obaseki and his predecessor Adams Oshiomhole led to an invasion of the state House of Assembly complex on Friday.

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of All Progressives Congress (APC) , anointed Candidate of Oshiomhole will on September 19 slug it out with incumbent Governor Obaseki of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

The US government in a statement wrote;

“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 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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