The United Kingdom has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to act as an impartial umpire in the general elections which will commence on Saturday February 23 with the presidential and National Assembly elections.
The British high commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, in a broadcast aired on Friday, February 22, on the verified Twitter handle of the British High Commission in Nigeria, @UKinNigeria, asked Nigerians not to be discouraged to vote again due to the postponement of the elections.
“Tomorrow is voting day again. We recognise the huge disappointment of Nigerians since they woke up last Saturday to hear the news that the elections had been postponed. But your votes still count," Laing stated.
“It’s your chance to make a difference, not just to vote for the politicians of your choice, but also to play your part in Nigeria’s emerging democracy, helping to consolidate the progress since 2015.”
She said the UK had over 60 observers in 15 states to monitor the elections and noted that it was important for INEC to remain impartial throughout the elections.
Meanwhile, the United States embassy on Thursday, February 21, denied a tweet credited to its secretary of state, Michael Pompeo, making a negative comment about Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The US embassy made the denial on one of its social media handles. According to the country, the comment that earlier trended on social media should be disregarded because it is fake.
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The embassy said such comment was never made by Pompeo.
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