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US Reacts To Edo Governorship Election

The United States Government has reacted to the just concluded Governorship election in Edo State which saw Godwin Obaseki re-elected as the State Governor.

In a statement made available on Wednesday, the US Mission in Abuja applauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Nigerian security operatives for the positive role they played in the election.

It also acknowledged the role played by Governor Obaseki and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in promoting peace.

The US however expressed concern over reports of some violence, vote-buying and intimidation of both voters and civil society domestic observers during the election.

The statement reads: “Congratulations to the people of Edo State on a credible and peaceful governorship election.

“We thank the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigerian security services on the positive role they played in the election and commend their work in strengthening Nigeria’s democracy.

“We recognise the critical role that Governor Godwin Obaseki and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu played in promoting peace. We also thank our civil society partners for their invaluable work in upholding democracy and accountability in this election.

“The United States remains concerned with reports of some violence that did emerge during the election, and by reports of vote-buying and intimidation of both voters and civil society domestic observers.

“We will continue to encourage all stakeholders, including INEC, political parties, and the security services, to improve the electoral process in the upcoming Ondo State governorship election.

“As a democratic partner of Nigeria, the United States remains committed to working together to achieve our mutual goals of peace and prosperity for the citizens of both our countries.”

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