The United States has reiterated the need for a credible, free and fair electioneering process in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State, stating that it will closely monitor events before, during and after the poll.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the state governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, the Political/ Economic Chief,United States Consulate, Lagos, Mr Osman Tat, said that the conduct of the poll should set a higher standard for elections in Nigeria. He said: “We are here for the monitoring of events leading to the conduct of the governorship election in the state.
We are here to see the governor, to assess the situation of things and to dialogue with him on preparations for the election. America is interested in the election. “We are to monitor purposely to ensure free, fair, transparent election.
We are to ensure that there is no violence or intimidation of voters during the election; to ensure that the election is credible. Ekiti is controlled by the opposition party and that is why the US is interested in the election,” Tat said.
In his remarks, Fayose thanked the United States government for taking interest in the Ekiti election, just as he alleged plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government to use federal might to rig the election.
His words: “They are planning to do this because they know that in a transparent and credible election, the APC cannot win in Ekiti State. We are popular and our party, the Peoples Democratic Party, is popular because of our performance in government and my brand of politics.
“Ekiti people will resist rigging. They will resist the Federal Government or the Independent National Electoral Commission rubbishing their votes. The people’s might is greater and potent than the federal might.”
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