US government rules out preferred candidate in February elections, to deny visa to sponsors of violence

Our reporter/ The US government does not have a preferred candidate in Nigeria’s general election scheduled for February 25, Will Stevens, the United States consul general, has confirmed.

Stevens, who made the disclosure said this in a town hall meeting organised by the Niger-Delta Open Observatory (NOGO), in Asaba, the capital of Delta, on Saturday also warned that the US government would deny visas to anyone who encourages electoral violence.

“When Nigerians come to vote, it shows the strength of democracy to the rest of the world”.

“The US does not have a preferred candidate, full stop! We are not interested in a particular party or candidate. What we are interested in is free, fair, and credible elections that represent the people,” Stevens said.

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“These elections are important. Nigeria is the fifth largest democracy in the world; so, when the people of Nigeria come to vote, they are showing the strength of democracy to the rest of the world.

“We in the United States will discourage any politicians, citizens, or other parties who are encouraging electoral violence or seeking to undermine the electoral process.”

The US government had in 2020 imposed visa restrictions on some individuals for their actions during the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.

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