By Soni Daniel
Worried by the possibility of manipulation of the 2019 polls, a group made up of prominent Nigerians, whose membership cuts across the globe, has made a passionate plea to the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the European Union to do all within their powers to ensure that the Nigerian election is conducted peacefully and creditably.
The Nigerian Think-Tank, known as ‘’We The People of Nigeria’’, led by a prominent lawyer, Dr. Lloyd Ukwu, made the plea after its three-member delegation made presentations to key functionaries of the European Union in Brussels, Washington and London on the need for them to be fully involved in ensuring that the Nigerian elections, which have been rescheduled by a week, is conducted under a free, fair and credible atmosphere devoid of any form of threat and arm-twisting by any of the contestants.
A statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Sunday by Dr. Llyod Ukwu, who is the founder and head of delegation to the countries, said that during the visit, the team met, discussed and engaged with the U.S State Department, U.S Congress and the Senate of the United States of America as well as deliver a letter to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Cohen, in New York all in a bid to bring to ensure the success of the Nigerian elections.
In all the three countries visited, the delegation insisted on their host to ensure that the elections now rescheduled for February 23 and March 9, 2019, are not rigged by any of the parties and that no violence is visited on anyone before, during and after the polls.
The group asked the foreign nations to insist that Nigerians are not intimidated, threatened, killed or denied their basic human and democratic rights in the course of the elections, warning that Nigerians would not accept the result of rigged polls.