Edo: US speaks, condemns roles played by security agents, political actors

 

The Embassy of United States in Nigeria has condemned the roles played by political actors and security agents in the crisis that engulfed Edo state House of Assembly.

The US in a statement on its Twitter handle, states that it’s disappointed by the drama, stating that it’s a pointer to violence in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections.

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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