- The United States government says Nigerian security operatives intimidated voters and INEC officials during the 2019 general elections
- The US department of state notes that the 2019 general elections in Nigeria were marred by violence and practices which deterred voters participation in the exercise
- The USA says the military and DSS operatives were involved in electoral processes, including during the vote collation process
The United States government has said Nigerian security operatives intimidated voters, officials of the INEC and election observers during the 2019 general elections.
The US department of state citing its 2019 country reports on human rights practices said the last general election in Nigeria was marred by violence and practices which deterred voters from participating in the exercise, Channels TV reports.
The US stated that electoral violence was widespread in several states which led to low voter participation.
“There was evidence military and security services intimidated voters, electoral officials, and election observers. In addition violence in several states contributed to lower voter participation and added to the sentiment the army is a tool of the ruling party in many parts of the country, particularly in the South," it said
The report stated that the military and DSS operatives were involved in the electoral processes, including during the vote collation process.
The US pointed out that vote-buying was historically high during the 2018-19 electoral season. It cited elections in Osun and Kano as examples of places where vote-buying took place.
The department of state also noted that there was corruption in the judiciary, which made it not to be able to function independently.
Meanwhile, the PDP is so confident that it will be victorious against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023 that the opposition party has decided not to campaign for political offices in the 2023 general elections.
The Nation reports that the PDP made the declaration on Sunday, March 15 in Katsina state through its national secretary of the party, Senator Umaru Ibrahim Tsaur.
‘’We are not preparing for 2023 campaigns because; Buhari has campaigned for us already by his failures. If Buhari is sincere on the fight against corruption, he should probe the past administrations from 1999 till date," Tsauri said.
A confident Tsauri told newsmen that the APC-led administration at the centre had failed so much that the PDP would have a smooth ride to victory in the elections.
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