The American Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, has assured that his country will work with all stakeholders to ensure that the November 18, 2017 and July 14, 2018 gubernatorial elections in Anambra and Ekiti states respectively are free, fair and credible.
He gave the assurance during a visit to the State House in Ekiti State on Tuesday.
He also commended Governor Ayodele Fayose for what he called “laudable infrastructural development” in the state.
Symington stated this during his visit to the governor in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, alongside his aide, Mima Torres.
He told Fayose that his three years in office had been keenly observed by the U.S, saying the infrastructural development strides of the governor was commendable.
“We are in Ekiti because we believe in Nigeria — every state, every corner matters. We have seen what you have done in the last three years, it is very commendable.
“Our concern in the U.S. is that we want to see leaders who care about others and not themselves. We also understand that you have presidential ambition and wish to know your programme for the country.”
Symington urged Fayose to ensure support for Ekiti women who may be interested in agriculture.
He stressed the need for free, fair and credible elections, and promised that the U.S would ensure that subsequent elections in Nigeria, particularly in Anambra and Ekiti states, are free, fair and credible.
“The U.S will work with other stakeholders to ensure that elections are free, fair and credible in Nigeria. We believe we must have elections where people will be ready and willing to participate peacefully and orderly,” Symington said.
Responding, Fayose reminded the U.S envoy of his letter, which described the June 21, 2014 governorship election that produced him as not only free, fair and credible, but also served as a template for the 2015 general elections.