Tuesday, 22 March 2016

US Condemns Violence in Rivers State Re-Run Elections as APC Calls for Cancellation

The United States Government on Tuesday, condemned reported violence and irregularities that rocked last Saturday’s re-run elections in Rivers State.

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria said in a statement that the U.S. government was concerned about reported developments from the conduct of the elections.

``The U.S. Embassy is concerned about reports of violence, including the possible targeting of electoral officials and irregularities during re-run elections in Rivers State on March 19, 2016.

`` We condemn the use of violence and disruptions of the democratic process,’’ it said.

The statement called on leaders of the different political parties to urgently call their supporters to order.

``We call on the leadership of Nigeria’s political parties to urge their supporters to conduct themselves peacefully throughout the electoral process.

``We also call on those dissatisfied to pursue a resolution of their grievances peacefully in accordance with the rule of law,’’ the statement said. 

The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Rivers says Saturday`s re-run elections in the State were not credible and should therefore be cancelled.

Chief Davies Ikanya, Chairman of the party, in the state, made the call at a news conference in Port Harcourt on Monday.

Ikanya said the outcome of the elections were not acceptable because the process was not free, fair and credible.


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