Nigeria is eight days away from the commencement of the 2019 general elections, and the United States of America is making a demand from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Elections will hold on February 16 and March 2.

While Nigerians prepare their voters card for the elections, the United States has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to resist external "pressure and intimidation".

This is coming at a time that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the electoral body is under undue pressure from the Executive Arm of government to do their bidding in the coming elections. 

The United States’ Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, in a press statement, said that the upcoming elections in Nigeria would be an opportunity for the country to solidify its democratic leadership in Africa.

Pompeo said: “The United States government supports a free, fair, transparent, and peaceful election that reflects the will of the Nigerian people.

“It is critical that the Independent National Electoral Commission operates free from outside pressure and intimidation and in a totally objective manner.

“Nigerian security services must provide a safe and secure environment for the Nigerian people to exercise their rights.

“Those who interfere in the electoral process or incite violence must be held to account.

“The upcoming elections are an opportunity for Nigeria to solidify its place as a democratic leader in Africa”.

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The United States and the international community have continued to call for credible and peaceful general elections in Nigeria amidst allegations that there are plans by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig. The APC has denied this claims. 

Meanwhile, the US also warned against violence during the February and March 2019 general elections in Nigeria, saying it will “remain intensely focused” on the elections.

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