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Edo 2020: Political climate, security situation not encouraging, says U.S

Ize-Iyamu,Obaseke

The United States has said it is highly disturbed by reports of deteriorating political climate in Edo State, frowning at what it described as “interference by security forces in political matters” ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the mid-west State.

In a statement released yesterday in Abuja, the FCT, by the U.S Embassy, America called for a free, fair and credible election where the will of the people of Edo State would be reflected in results.

The U.S, according to the statement, pledged to support Nigeria’s democratic process, assuring that as a long-time friend, it would continue to follow political developments ahead of off-cycle elections in the country.

“The U.S. supports a democratic process where the will of the people is reflected in the results, and does not favour any party or candidate,” the statement read in part.

“We are concerned with reports of the deteriorating political climate in Edo 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 election in September.

“As we approach the 2020 off-cycle elections in Edo and Ondo, we urge all stakeholders to work toward 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.”

The U.S added that as a democratic partner of Nigeria, it remained committed to working together to achieve mutual goals of peace and prosperity for the citizens of both countries.

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