US Denies Support For Any Special Candidate
The United States has declared that it is not supporting any candidate participating in the general elections in Nigeria.
A statement by the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington said the US was not backing any candidate because his country supports a level-playing field during the elections.
According to the statement: “The United States Embassy in Nigeria wishes to reiterate unequivocally that we are not taking sides in Nigeria’s election. We do not support any party or candidate. We support a level playing field and the democratic process. That is the bedrock principle of our Government’s advocacy on democratic elections.
“In the final run-up to the Feb. 16 vote, fake news and rumours are operating in overdrive. But it must be repeated: we are not taking sides. This is Nigeria’s election and the citizens of Nigeria will decide who will lead their nation. It is important for the future of every Nigerian and it is important that every Nigerian contribute to making it a democratic, peaceful, free and fair process.
“This will ensure that all Nigerians see the results as credible, and they accept them. This will empower Nigeria’s democracy going forward, as did the elections of 2015.”
The US envoy also declared that his country’s aids to Nigeria will remain, irrespective of who wins the election, pointing out that the US has an enduring friendship with Nigeria.
He said: “The United States is Nigeria’s long-term and enduring friend. We provide more than $1 billion in assistance and help save more than 2 million lives of Nigerians each year through our health and humanitarian assistance. This will not change. We are Nigeria’s good partner, and this will continue after this democratic election – no matter who wins.