The United States of America (USA) on Thursday said it was disappointed with the events that took place during the just concluded general elections in Nigeria.
It listed some of the events to include low voter turnout, credible reports of voter intimidation, vote buying, interference by security forces, and violence in some locations.
This was contained in a statement the US Embassy issued on Thursday in Abuja, adding that it would continue to follow closely the ongoing supplementary elections.
“As long-time friends of Nigeria, we continue to follow closely the still ongoing elections. We do not have a preferred party or candidate.
“As noted by many observer groups in their preliminary reports, we too were disappointed by the low voter turnout as well as credible reports of voter intimidation, vote buying, interference by security forces, and violence in some locations.
“We are saddened by those acts of violence and extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives, including those who worked for the Independent National Electoral Commission and the security services.”
It also admonished all stakeholders to work towards a free, fair, credible, transparent, and peaceful process, especially for those who would participate in Saturday’s supplementary polls across many states.
The Mission further expressed support for a democratic process “where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results.”
By Ebere Ndukwu. . .
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