#NigeriaDecide2019: Help Us! Tambuwal Tells U.S.
The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, is calling for US' intervention in Nigeria's election matters.
Governorship elections will hold in different states of Nigeria on 9 March and the Sokoto Governor, who is seeking re-election, is not ready to take chances.
He made the request on Thursday when the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, visited him in Sokoto.
He told Symington that the just-concluded Presidential and National Assembly Elections witnessed harassment of leaders and loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to him, many PDP members were hounded and arrested by security agents on the election day.
“Our appeal is to ensure the electorate in whatever political parties are not intimidated or terrorised.
”Because our people were intimidated to the extent of failing to discharge their civic duties in the remaining elections, scheduled for March 9.
“As such, I want to appeal to the US Envoy to call on the Nigerian government to allow the will of the people be granted during the forthcoming Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.
“The opposition has engaged in post-election violence, with attacks on citizens and razing many properties and houses within and outside the metropolis in the state, in a show of terror against perceived opponents and non-partisan members of the public.” he claimed.
He thanked the envoy for the visit, describing such as important for the peace and development of democracy in the state.
Earlier, Symington said that he was in Sokoto to encourage more peaceful atmosphere through out the electioneering period and beyond.
He reminded the Governor and the people of the state that there would be no development in the state except there was peace.
This call for intervention is coming weeks after the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, said that anyone that would come to intervene in Nigeria's election would go back in body bags.
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