Anthony Blinken, the Secretary of State of the United States, and two additional high-ranking officials; USAID Manager Samantha Power, and US Diplomat to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield; have stated that the United States will not be supporting any candidate in Nigeria’s upcoming general election.
The US government said in a 58-second solidarity video that it posted on its verified social media handles on Wednesday that Nigerians had a chance to make their voices heard and choose their future in the general election. In the video, the US government said, “…we strongly support a peaceful election that reflects the will of the people of Nigeria,” and it said that free and fair elections in Nigeria “help create a freer and fairer world for everyone.”
“Like America’s, Nigeria’s Constitution begins with a profound yet simple idea: “We, the people.” And you, the Nigerian people, have a chance to choose your future during this election by making your voices heard.
According to US officials, “The United States does not support any candidate for office, but we strongly support a peaceful election that reflects the will of the people of Nigeria, because free and fair elections in Nigeria help create a world that is freer and more equitable for everyone.”
They added, “Your vote is important. This election is important for the entire world, not just Nigerians.
Officials stated that the US was invested in Nigeria’s success because the shared democratic futures of both countries depended on it, while reassuring Nigeria that the US is a friend and partner.
We have a stake in your success. It is necessary for our shared democratic future.
“Before you vote, go to inecnigeria.org because your voice is important.
“The Nigerian public have a companion and accomplice in the US of America,” the US said.
On Saturday, February 25, Nigerians will march to the polls to choose a president from among 18 candidates, four of whom are running: There is widespread consensus that the All Progressives Congress’ Bola Tinubu, Labour Party’s Peter Obi, Peoples Democratic Party’s Atiku Abubakar, and New Nigeria Peoples Party’s Rabiu Kwankwaso are the front-runners in the election.
Members of the House of Representatives and Senate, which make up the federal legislature, will also be up for election on Saturday.
Except for a few states where off-season elections were previously held, most of the 36 states will hold elections for governor on March 11, and voters will also be able to cast ballots for state lawmakers in all of the states.