Ekiti Decides: What U.K. Govt Told APC, PDP Candidates Before Election
Nigeria's colonial master is still showing concern for the peace of its ally.
Ekiti governorship election is another avenue for the U.K. government to show its support for Nigeria's democracy.
Ahead of the polls holding on Saturday, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, held talks with the top candidates contesting for the governorship seat.
Talks focused on the need for a free, fair and credible process.
At the meeting, the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi and that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Kolapo Aleka, assured the British government of their commitment to ensuring a credible process.
After the meeting Mr Artwright expressed the U.K. government's satisfaction with the outcome of the meeting.
"Meeting both APC and PDP candidates today on the eve of the Ekiti election. Both agreed on need to ensure free fair and credible process. U.K. Govt supports right of all voters to express their preference in a peaceful environment," Mr Artwright posted on his Twitter page.
The U.K. envoy also held meetings with security agencies in the state, where he emphasised the need for a peaceful conduct of the governorship election, as Ekiti people decides who will govern them for the next four years.
They were also urged to maintain neutrality and ensure that citizens could vote freely.
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"Meetings today in Ekiti with security agencies and #INEC reps.
"I stressed the importance of institutions responsible for the peaceful conduct of elections tomorrow to maintain neutrality and ensure citizens can vote freely," he added.
Meeting both APC and PDP candidates today on the eve of the Ekiti election. Both agreed on need to ensure free fair and credible process. U.K. Govt supports right of all voters to express their preference in a peaceful environment. @UKinNigeria #EkitiDecides2018 pic.twitter.com/KQcmwEZRWp— Paul Arkwright (@PaulTArkwright) July 13, 2018
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