The United States, US Embassy in Nigeria on Friday, August 7, issued a warning to the citizenry about imminent violence ahead of the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states; due to the involvement of security agents in politics.
In a statement captioned: “US Embassy Statement on 2020 Off-Cycle Elections in Edo and Ondo States,” released on its Twitter handle, the embassy also urged political actors in Edo State to eschew violence ahead of the election.
The statement further explained that the US government would continue to follow political developments in the two states in the periods preceding the election.
It reads: “The United States supports a democratic process where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results; and does not favour any party or candidate.
“We are concerned with reports of the deteriorating political climate in Edo State; and are disappointed with the role played by some political actors in the state.
“The US Embassy is especially concerned with allegations of interference by security forces in political matters; which we will continue to monitor closely in the run-up to gubernatorial elections in the state in September.
“As we approach the 2020 off-cycle elections in Edo and Ondo; we urge all stakeholders to work towards a free, fair, transparent, and peaceful process.
“We encourage all stakeholders, including INEC; political parties; and the security services to continue to improve the electoral process.”
“We look to Nigeria as an important leader on the African continent. 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.”
Meanwhile, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Friday, August 7, demanded a refund of about N2.5 billion; from the Chairman of Senate Committee on NDDC, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.
According to the NDDC, Nwaoboshi was given the money for the supply of plastic chairs and tables; for primary and secondary schools in the Niger Delta.
This demand was issued in a letter dated July 5 and likewise addressed to the Senator by its Director of Legal Services, Peter Claver Okoro, who stated that the contract was fully paid for without the commission receiving the items.
1st News had reported that Nwaoboshi had been purportedly named by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio; as one of the lawmakers who benefited from contracts awarded by the NDDC.
He was said to have gotten 53 contracts from the Commission, a claim Nwaoboshi has however denied.