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Polls: No room for ethnicity, Obasanjo tells Nigerians

2015-02-02 11:02
Olusegun Obasanjo
Olusegun Obasanjo. (File: AFP)

Cape Town – Former president Olusegun Obasanjo says the upcoming elections are crucial and should be devoid of sentiments like religion, ethnicity and nepotism.

According to Today Internet Newspaper, Obasanjo said the country was being watched by the international community, adding that it would be subjected to ridicule and jest from global observers if the elections failed.

Obasanjo said all eyes would be on INEC and the police, and urged them to ensure free, fair and credible elections.

Important elections

This comes as the main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), accused government of blocking foreign journalists from covering the elections.

According to an AFP report, the All Progressives Congress (APC) claimed there had been a "systematic denial of visas" by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

"A regime that has nothing to hide or fear will not hesitate to allow international coverage of what is undoubtedly one of the most important elections in the world this year," said APC spokesperson Lai Mohammed was quoted as saying.

The elections, which are schedule to take place on 14 February, have been labelled by analysts as the "fiercest yet political battle in the country's history".

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