US appeals for peaceful Nigeria elections

ballot box 1By OKORO CHINEDU

LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE United States has dissuaded Nigerians from violence ahead of the governorship elections scheduled for Bayelsa and Kogi States.

The polls are scheduled for November 21 in Kogi and and December 5 in Bayelsa.

Some tension and security fears have characterised the run up to the polls.

“As Kogi and Bayelsa States prepare to conduct important gubernatorial elections, the United States calls upon all Nigerians to refrain from advocating, fomenting, or condoning violence before, during, or after the elections,” the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria stated on Tuesday.

The Mission said the Nigerian Constitution itself stated it was the duty of every citizen to “respect the dignity of other citizens and the rights and legitimate interests of citizens to live in unity and harmony.”

“Political parties, elected leaders, and candidates for office have a special obligation to uphold these democratic precepts. The United States remains committed to working with Nigeria to strengthen its democratic institutions in the years to come,” said the Mission.

The polls are projected to be a close contest between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). PDP is the incumbent in both states.

CAJ News

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