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US Ambassador: 2019 elections’ll define Nigeria’s future

Valentine Chinyem

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The United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has said the 2019 elections would define the future of the country.

Symington said this while speaking to newsmen, yesterday, after meeting with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, at the state Government House, Port Harcourt.

He said all stakeholders have to do all within their powers to promote a credible and peaceful elections in 2019 and, urged all institutions of government to do what is right.

“All of the institutions of government must do what is right. Election is not a matter of life and death*, he said.

“It is a matter of defining the future of Nigeria. There must be free, fair and credible elections.”

The envoy said the idea of a free people with the ability to make free decisions remains the most important idea in the world.

“I am quite confident that on election day, the sons and daughters of the powerful would not be out there causing violence,” he added.

Symington urged the people to have the courage to reject any call for them to engage in violence during the elections.

On the campaigns, he charged the electorate to always ask their political leaders to outline ways through which they would actualise their promises to them.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Vice President and presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, believe in the votes of the people to make a difference during elections.