- Politicians in Ekiti state have been urged to play according to the rules to ensure successful conduct of the governorship election
- The British Government is said to be expecting an open and transparent primaries which would lead to a credible election
- British diplomat to Nigeria called on the political players to dwell on issues and their manifestos rather than attacking personalities
Laure Beaufils, the British deputy high commissioner to Nigeria, on Tuesday, April 10, cautioned politicians in Ekiti state to eschew violence and malpractices in order to ensure a peaceful election come July 14, Premium Times reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that Beaufils, who was the guest of a private radio station, Voice 89.9 FM in Ado-Ekiti, said the British Government expected open and transparent primaries which would lead to a credible election.
She urged the politicians to play the game according to the rules so as to ensure the success of the election. The diplomat also called on aspirants to dwell on issues and their manifestos rather than attacking personalities.
“I believe the primaries should be open even though it will definitely be a tense period, people all over the country are looking forward to it. Politicians should dwell on issues, policies and manifestos rather than on personalities. The coming Ekiti election is a signal to the February 2019 general election,” Beaufils said.
The diplomat described Nigeria as a wonderful country whose citizens are creative and dynamic. She said there were positive stories to tell about Nigeria rather than corruption and Boko Haram which attract local and foreign media attention.
The British deputy high commissioner noted that Nigeria is not as bad as it is being portrayed across the globe, yet pointed out that more efforts should be made to change the general perception.
NAIJ.com previously reported that as the gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun states draw nearer, the Accord Party in the southwest has said that its candidates would emerge winners of the two polls.
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Dokun Babarinde, the national vice chairman of Accord Party in southwest, made the declaration in a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), after its zonal meeting in Ibadan.
Babarinde said the performance of Accord Party in the elections would shock the two major parties: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC).
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