The United States of America, USA, on Thursday, has said that it is highly disappointed with the events that took place during the just concluded 2019 general elections, in Nigeria, under President Muhammadu Buhari.
It listed some of the events to include: low voter turnout, credible reports of voter intimidation, vote-buying, interference by Security Forces, and violence in some locations.
This was contained in a statement the US Embassy, issued on Thursday, in Abuja, adding that, it would continue to follow closely the ongoing supplementary elections.
“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.
“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.”
It also 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.
The Mission further expressed support for a democratic process, “where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results.”
Meanwhile, the outgoing Senate President, Bukola Saraki, says President Buhari’s reelection as the President of Nigeria would be short-lived.
Speaking at the opening session of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, Saraki dismissed Buhari’s triumph at the polls as “purported victory”, adding that the PDP must defeat Buhari at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
Saraki, who also doubled as the Director General of Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, said the election revealed the true character of the PDP.
“First of all, the true reflection of the presidential election showed the kind of character that the PDP has. I think that is something that we should build on.
“My own appeal to everybody is to say this victory that the other party has seen is going to be short-lived. We have a great future ahead and I believe we will start that on Saturday, to make sure that we defend those five states that are declared inconclusive.
“If anybody believes that it is a loss to PDP, it is a loss to the country that history will not forgive. We said many times here, that the worst to do is to do an election that as a country, Nigeria will not be proud of.
We have done an election that no doubt anybody and even those that think they have won are ashamed of the kind of election we did.
“I think it is a shame to the country and those that were given that reponsiblity to do. We are setting a bad example not only in Nigeria but in the continent, when we bring militriasation into our election.”
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