- The US ambassador to Nigeria, W. Stuart Symington, congratulated Nigerians over the general elections held on Saturday, February 23
- Symington also advised Nigerians not to break law by announcing results before INEC does
The US ambassador to Nigeria, W. Stuart Symington, has warned against breaking the law by announcing results before the official announcement by the Independent Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) does.
Daily Trust reports that the US envoy, in a statement congratulated Nigerians on the “predominantly peaceful” conduct of the general elections that held on Saturday, February 23.
“It was proof of the Nigerian people’s resolute commitment to choose their leaders. The peaceful achievement of millions was shadowed by the violence of a few,” he said.
He also urged all candidates and Nigerians generally to be patient and allow the INEC to do their job without interference or use of force.
“All should convince those who support them to refrain from using force or violence to interfere with INEC. No one should break the law by announcing results before INEC does, or break the peace by claiming victory before the results are final. Everyone has a common interest in showing patience as INEC collates and announces the election results,” the envoy said.
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Meanwhile, the joint international observation mission of the International Republican Institute (IRI) and National Democratic Institute (NDI) have urged political parties and candidates in the February 23 general elections to seek redress in courts on electoral disputes.
The 40-member observer group, which was deployed to the six geopolitical zones of the country, called on the political parties and the candidates to refrain from disseminating false information to citizens.
The leader of the delegation and former vice president of The Gambia, Fatoumata Tambajang, made the call on Monday, February 25, at a news conference in Abuja on the preliminary report of the elections.
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