By Nwafor Sunday
The United States Ambassador, W. Stuart Symington, Monday, warned political parties who participated in the ongoing presidential and national assembly elections, to refrain from using force and violence to interfere with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Disclosing this in a statement, Symington charged political parties to convince those who support them to equally refrain from using force.
He congratulated tens of millions of Nigerians who stood patiently in long lines to vote this week and also lauded hundreds of thousands who worked together with INEC to conduct the elections.
Symington also urged all candidates to honour the Peace Accord they signed, noting that the elections were free and fair according to the reports presented by many observer groups.
Read the full statement below:
“I congratulate the tens of millions of Nigerians who stood patiently in long lines to vote this week and the hundreds of thousands who worked together with INEC to conduct the elections.
“As noted by many observer groups in their preliminary reports, this election was predominantly peaceful, and it was proof of the Nigerian people’s resolute commitment to choose their leaders.
“The peaceful achievement of millions was shadowed by the violence of a few. We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives, and we urge all candidates to honor the Peace Accord they signed.
“All should convince those who support them to refrain from using force or violence to interfere with INEC.
“No one should break the law by announcing results before INEC does, or break the peace by claiming victory before the results are final. Everyone has a common interest in showing patience as INEC collates and announces the election results.”