2023: We have complete faith in INEC, says US
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) enjoys the support of the United States, which is confident in its competence to oversee the elections in 2023.
This was stated by Mary Beth Leonard, the American Ambassador to Nigeria, at the 20th Daily Trust Dialogue in Abuja.
According to Leonard, the US supports no one candidate but instead wants a free and fair election in Nigeria.
She said, “The United States supports credible and transparent elections that will reflect the will of the people in a process that will be conducted peacefully. We have confidence in INEC to conduct the elections.
“2023 is an opportunity for Nigeria to claim its place as the democratic leader in Africa. We favour no candidate. We favour open and transparent elections conducted in a peaceful process. This is the foundation of democracy and legitimate transfer of power.
“It’s good that we reflect on the fact that since 1999, Nigerians voters have successfully exercise their democratic rights. For more than two decades, Nigeria has demonstrated to Africa and the world its strong commitment to peaceful and transparent elections.”
She claimed that while democracy is currently being undermined in many parts of Africa, it is becoming more ingrained in Nigeria.
Malam Kabir Yusuf, Chairman of the Media Trust Group, stated in his welcome speech that this year’s discussion is unique because it takes place one month prior to the general elections.
He claimed that the dialogue represents Media Trust’s meager contribution to the country’s efforts to achieve peace.