The US has suggested that there should be a level-playing floor in subsequent yr’s ballot, after Nigeria’s presidential candidates signed the 2019 Presidential Election Peace Accord.
This was contained in a press release by the USA Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, Public Affairs Part.
The assertion reads: “The US warmly congratulates the presidential candidates and events who’ve signed the Peace Accord for the 2019 Presidential elections.
“We additionally congratulate all these advocates for peace and democracy who’ve labored collectively to realize this essential consequence. Your peace accord is a good step in direction of the purpose shared by all Nigerians of nationwide elections which are free, truthful, clear, credible, and peaceable.
“Attaining your purpose is vital to the credibility and effectiveness of the following authorities, and it’s important to advance Nigeria’s unity, prosperity, justice, and safety.”
The US added that it anticipated that every one events and leaders would honour the phrases of the brand new accord simply as faithfully because the 2015 pact, because it appears ahead to a optimistic impact on the 2019 election.
“We notice that, for elections to be free and truthful in 2019, the marketing campaign interval already underway should itself go ahead on a stage taking part in area and be a good and clear course of.
“Campaigns enriched by optimistic concepts and actions will unite Nigerians in a standard democratic debate, at the same time as they differ by advocating for competing candidates.
“We urge all Nigerian candidates, celebration members, civil society teams and residents to talk out for insurance policies that advance the great of all Nigerians and communicate out in opposition to violence, misinformation, and hate speech.
“Lastly, we reiterate our sturdy help for the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), and for all these Nigerian residents, public servants, and civil society organizations who will collectively facilitate peaceable, credible, and clear elections,” the assertion added.
President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was the first to sign on Tuesday.