- The United States has said it has no favorite candidate in the upcoming 2023 general election in Nigeria
- Mary Beth Leonard, US Ambassador to Nigeria, made this known at the 20th Daily Trust Dialogue in Abuja on Thursday, January 26.
- According to Leonard, the US supports credible and transparent elections and is confident that INEC will comply
FCT, Abuja – The United States has expressed confidence in the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct the 2023 general election.
US Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard revealed this on Thursday, January 26 at the 20th Daily Trust Dialogue in Abuja, daily trust informed.
We do not have a favorite candidate, says US ambassador
Speaking further, Leonard said that the United States does not favor any candidate, but seeks peaceful and transparent elections in Nigeria.
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“The United States supports credible and transparent elections that reflect the will of the people in a process that will be conducted peacefully. We have confidence in the INEC to hold the elections, ”he said.
“2023 is an opportunity for Nigeria to reclaim its place as the democratic leader in Africa. We are not in favor of any candidate. We are in favor of open and transparent elections carried out in a peaceful process. This is the foundation of democracy and the legitimate transfer of power.
Democracy is strengthening in Nigeria, says Leonard
Leonard further noted that Nigeria’s democracy is getting stronger at a time when the mode of government is being manipulated in many African countries.
He added that Nigeria over the past 20 years has shown the rest of Africa and the world its strong commitment to peaceful and transparent elections.
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Meanwhile, the United States announced on Wednesday, January 25, visa restrictions for some Nigerians accused of undermining democracy.
According to the US, this move was part of the move to promote democracy and combat corruption in Nigeria.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, said the sanctioned individuals, whose names he did not disclose, would not be eligible for US visas. He also explained that some family members of those who are barred from entering the US may also be subject to the same restriction.