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EDO: US raises concern over deteriorating political climate, role of security agents

EDO: US raises concern over deteriorating political climate, role of security agents

The United States of America said it is concerned about the the deteriorating political climate in Edo State.

The US through its Embassy in Nigeria called for free and fair elections devoid of any interference, especially from the security agents.

The US, according to Premium Times report, said it supports a democratic process “where the will of the people is reflected in the results, and does not favour any party or candidate”.

“We are concerned with reports of the deteriorating political climate in Edo and are disappointed with the role played by some political actors in the state.

“We are especially concerned with allegations of interference by security forces in political matters, which we will continue to monitor closely in the run up to gubernatorial elections in September.

“As we approach the 2020 off-cycle elections in Edo and Ondo, we urge all stakeholders to work toward a free, fair, transparent, and peaceful process.

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“We encourage all stakeholders, including INEC, political parties and the security services to continue to improve the electoral process. We look to Nigeria as an important leader on the African continent,” it said

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