Abuja - The United States and the British governments on Tuesday expressed disappointment and sadness over reports of violence, particularly against electoral officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the legislative rerun elections in Rivers State
The two countries also condemned the irregularities that characterized the rerun.
A statement issued by the Press & Public Affairs Officer of the British High Commission in Nigeria, Joe Abuku noted 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.
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The British High Commission called on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to encourage their supporters in Rivers to behave peacefully.
It further advised 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.
In the same view, the US Embassy in Nigeria in a terse statement also on Tuesday said the violence that marred the Rivers rerun was unfortunate.
The US urged the leadership of political parties to encourage their supporters to conduct themselves peacefully throughout the electoral process.
- News 24