- US government has called for credible process in the forthcoming Ondo guber election
- In a statement, the US government warned necessary stakeholders including INEC and security operatives against tampering with the democratic process
- The government also reiterated its commitment towards ensuring a strong partnership between Nigeria and America
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The government of the United States has charged all the stakeholders in Ondo to ensure that there is a free, fair, transparent, and peaceful election in the state.
This was contained in a statement released by the U.S mission in Nigeria on Tuesday, October 6, with less than five days to the election.
Ondo state governorship election has been scheduled for Saturday, October 10, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu faces a tough reelection hurdle as his popularity will be tested against Eyitayo Jegede who is the state's former attorney general and commissioner of justice.
Another tough opponent in the race is Agboola Alfred Ajayi, Ondo deputy governor, who is contesting the election on the platform of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
While urging political parties and security agencies to ensure a smooth process and credible exercise, U.S government said it is committed to the strong partnership between Nigeria and America.
Part of the statement read:
"We reiterate our hope that all participants in the democratic process, including the INEC, political parties, and the security services, will take concrete steps to ensure a peaceful election that reflects the will of the people of Ondo.
"The United States remains committed to the U.S.-Nigeria partnership as we work together to achieve our mutual goals of peace and prosperity for the citizens of both our countries."
Meanwhile, ahead of the Ondo guber election, about eleven political parties formed an alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), handing a boost to the ambition of Jegede.
The merger was announced on Monday, October 5, in Akure, the state capital by Social Democratic Party (SDP) chairman, Oladele Ogunbameru, who doubles as the spokesperson of the political parties.
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