2019 Election: We Have No Preferred Presidential Candidate, Says US

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*Expresses confidence in INEC’s potential to conduct credible ballot

By Alex Enumah in Abuja

The USA on Thursday stated it had no most popular candidate in subsequent yr’s presidential election, sustaining that Nigerians have absolute proper to decide on their leaders.

US additionally expressed confidence that the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) was able to conducting a free, truthful and credible election in 2019, going by the success of the earlier election and the present efforts of the fee underneath the management of Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu.

Visiting Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Ambassador Tibor Nagy, who said this whereas internet hosting INEC Chairman on the residence of the US Ambassador in Abuja, stated “We don’t care who wins however the course of”, in response to a query on the curiosity of the US in 2019 elections.

He stated whereas Nigerians had absolute proper to decide on their leaders, the method by means of which such leaders emerge have to be clear, free and truthful to all.

He famous that although the duty earlier than the fee was a really troublesome one, with the help of all, the fee would do very properly.

He stated, “Nigeria has been an instance of a mannequin of the sort of democratic processes which might be fantastic to have all through the African continent.

“Not solely is Nigeria the most important African nation and financial system in Africa however the final election in 2015 was an absolute constructive instance of how an election must be carried out and a lot of the credit score goes to the fee for his or her phenomenal constructive and really goal work in managing these elections.

“So we now have each confidence that the fee can be as much as the duty which everyone knows is a really troublesome process given the enormity of the method, so we're very inspired by what we heard immediately”.

He accordingly urged politicians and safety businesses to shun actions able to discrediting the result of the 2019 election.

“Relating to the plans for the February elections, we'll stay very and we have been very honoured to have the ability to host the chairman within the US lately to have the ability to observe the preparations for our personal elections.

“We perceive all the complexities and we need to specifically urge all of the events involved to please urge all of their followers to be peaceful and in addition to induce all the organs of state safety particularly to stay impartial on this course of as a result of the neutrality of the state is completely important”, he said.

Equally, US Ambassador, Stuart Symington, who famous that “election just isn't all about election day however all of the processes resulting in the election”, urged Nigerian voters to avail themselves the chance offered by the current show of the voters register to display the listing, examine the spelling of their names in addition to know if the identify of any lifeless individual is included within the record.

On his half, INEC Chairman, assured that the fee won't disappoint the worldwide group because it had put in place equipment to guard the integrity of the method.

Yakubu stated, INEC is decided to show that what occur within the 2015 common elections wasn’t only a fluke.

“We need to make 2019 an extra affirmation of the maturity of the Nigerian democracy and we're dedicated to those processes”, he stated.

He pledged the resolve of his staff to give attention to the processes and never events or actors, including that, “We'll do our greatest to make sure that we keep the credibility of the method and I need to guarantee you that we'll not let the worldwide group down”.

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