US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington
US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington

We are not happy with 2019 elections in Nigeria – US

NEWS DIGEST – The United States of America has expressed displeasure over the quality of the 2019 elections in Nigeria.

In a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja, the US Embassy in Nigeria cited the low voter turnout, and reports of voter intimidation, vote buying, interference by security forces, and violence in some locations as some of the issues that affected the polls.

“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 and the security services.”

The Mission expressed support for a democratic process “where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results.”

It however admonished all stakeholders to work towards a free, fair, credible, transparent, and peaceful process, especially for those who would participate in Saturday’s supplementary polls across many states.

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

“As noted by many observer groups in their preliminary reports, we too were disappointed by the low voter turnout as well as credible reports of voter intimidation, vote buying, interference by security forces, and violence in some locations.”