Following the violence that erupted during the re-run election in Rivers State over the weekend, United States and British governments have expressed their disappointment
On Tuesday, both government via a statement revealed their sadness over reports of violence, particularly against electoral officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as well as irregularities in the March 19 rerun election in Rivers state.
In the statement issued by Joe Abuku, the Press & Public Affairs Officer of the British High Commission in Nigeria, it it reports that UK observers in the state:
saw irregularities around the voting and noted the low turn-out of voters at polling units which was in part a consequence of fear of violence.
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, have both been called on encourage their supporters in Rivers to maintain peace by the British High Commission, advising those still dissatisfied with the outcome of the election “to pursue resolution of their grievances through the courts in accordance with the rule of law.”
The US Embassy in Nigeria also released a statement forwarded to DAILY POST on Tuesday saying:
We call upon the leadership of Nigeria’s political parties to urge their supporters to conduct themselves peacefully throughout the electoral process,” it advised.
We call on those dissatisfied to pursue a resolution of their grievances peacefully in accordance with the rule of law.
It would be recalled that INEC have suspended the anouncement of the result for now, but on Monday, Osaze-Uzizi said Nigerians should on Wednesday expect the decision on when results of concluded elections would be released