Ahead of Ekiti State’s governorship election on Saturday, British government advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and political parties to ensure that the exercise was free, fair and credible.
Paul Arkwright, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, who spoke to journalists in Abuja shortly after meeting with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, said that his country was interested in seeing that the people of Ekiti State were allowed to freely express their opinion, to vote in line with their conscience.
He said: “The British High Commission will be sending a team there to observe the election and to ensure that they go smoothly; to ensure that INEC can do its job; that the security forces do their job and basically to ensure that the people of Ekiti State are allowed to freely express their opinion, to vote along with their conscience and to be able to do so in peaceful manner.”
Oshiomhole has commended Arkwright for the visit and assured him that he would do everything to ensure a free and fair process in the Ekiti governorship election.
He said: “The process is more important than the outcome because we are looking at the Nigeria project, in terms of sustaining democracy, not the survival of a particular political aspirant, whether it is on my party platform or in the platform of the opposition.”