2015 Poll: U.S Promises Free And Fair Election

The United State of America Ambassador to
Nigeria, James F. Entwistle, at the weekend
revealed that his country has promised to
deliver a credible electoral process that
would enable Nigerians to freely express
their wishes.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the U.S envoy
made the revelation during a visitation to
the national chairman of the All Progressives
Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun
and other party chieftains.
Entwistle, who explained that he was at the
APC national secretariat to discuss what
could be done to achieve a free and fair
election in Nigeria said: “we are not here to
support anybody or any candidate, but to
support a credible process in which the
Nigerian people can freely express their
wishes.”
The US envoy also revealed that the country
would provide support for the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) and
other civil society before the election. He
reiterated the importance of violent free
elections, especially before, during and after.
“We should all agree that there is no place
for it and I encourage all candidates and
parties to commit themselves now not to
participate in violence in any way,” he said.
Speaking also on the issue of the kidnapped
school girls, Entwistle assured that his
country stand with the Nigerian government
in its effort to rescue the Chibok girls as well
as put an end to Boko Haram activites in the
country.
“We provide different kinds of assistance
and my country stand with your country in
its counter-terrorism efforts. That had
always been the case and that will always be
the case” he said.
Responding, Odigie-Oyegun, who thanked
the U.S government for its various supports
to Nigeria, also requested the US envoy to
help sensitise other politicians on the need
to allow the people have free, fair and
credible elections.
It would be recalled that the United States
Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, on
August 20, 2014, revealed that the U.S. was
supporting Nigeria because of the long
standing relationship between both
countries,
and went ahead to explain other aspect the
country should still expect further support.

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