US speaks on Saturday’s supplementary elections in Nigeria

The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria has called on all stakeholders to ensure free, credible and peaceful exercise in Nigeria, as the supplementary polls hold in some states on Saturday.

The embassy gave the charge in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had rescheduled the supplementary elections in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto States, for March 23, after it declared the exercises inconclusive.

The embassy said “We encourage all stakeholders, including INEC, political parties, and the security services, to continue to improve the electoral process for future elections.

“We look to Nigeria as an important leader on the African continent.

“As a democratic partner of Nigeria, the U.S. remains committed to working together to achieve our mutual goals of peace and prosperity for the citizens of both our countries.”

The embassy congratulated Nigerians over their commitment to the democratic process throughout the election season.

According to the mission, the US supports a democratic process where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results.

“As long-time friends of Nigeria, we continue to follow closely the still ongoing elections. We do not have a preferred party or candidate,” it stated.

It, however, expressed concern over the low voter turnout as well as what it described as credible reports of voter intimidation, vote buying, interference by security forces, and violence in some locations.

“We are saddened by those acts of violence and extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives, including those who worked for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security services,” it stated.