Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the United States (US) government said it has no preferred choice among those contesting for the number one office in Nigeria.
The US government also said it has no preferred political party involved in the 2023 elections in Nigeria.
Will Stevens, the Consul General for the US Mission in Lagos, said it’s only interested in ensuring the wishes of Nigerians come to pass which is credible, transparent, and peaceful elections.
Stevens disclosed this at the International Anti-Corruption Day event organized by the Consulate in partnership with BudgIT over the weekend.
According to Stevens: “Focusing on the upcoming elections in Nigeria, let me be very clear, the United States does not have a preferred candidate or party in the upcoming election.
“Our interest is in supporting credible, transparent, and peaceful elections that represent the will of Nigerians.
“We urged all Nigerians to reject the use of violence and inflammatory rhetoric during and after election day.”
This comes days after the United Kingdom (UK) government also said it has no interest in who will become the next president of Nigeria during the forthcoming general elections.
Catriona Liang, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, stated this following a meeting, held at a closed door, with the National Working Committee, NWC, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abuja.
Mrs. Liang said the UK would work with any candidates who emerge from the election.
The High Commissioner also expressed confidence in Nigeria’s democracy and the president’s commitment to organising free and secure elections.
She said: “The UK doesn’t have a preferred candidate. We are committed to free and fair elections, but we will work with whoever the presidential candidate emerges from the election.
“The UK and Nigeria have a very strong partnership, and we want Nigeria to succeed. And democracy is part of it”.
She further added that her country’s government welcomes Nigeria’s commitment to democracy and as well the president Buhari’s commitment to free and secure elections.