Election Should Not Be Seen As Act Of War, United States Warn Nigerian Politicians

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American Envoy, Jeffrey Hawkins
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The United States of America has expressed fear over the current tension in the Nigerian Polity warning that election should not be perceived as an act of war.

Jeffrey Hawking, the United States Consular General In Nigeria, warning against  the current permeating tensed political atmosphere in the country further warned that  the unity of Nigeria should be paramount in the minds of politicians and every Nigerian.

Hawkins made the appeal while making an official visit in the company of a contingent of Americans to the office of the  Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayo Fayose in the state House, Akure.

The American envoy said all United States was interested in is a smooth transition and  free election in Nigeria.

Fayose, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, on Saturday spoke while receiving a team of American diplomats in his office.

Hawkins decried the current tension in the country and warned that  politics should not be taken as an act of war, implying that the current bitter confrontation within the two major parties may not augur   well for the security and the future of the country.

Earlier,  Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, had assured that Ekiti state having created an atmosphere of free election in the last governorship election as a precedence assured that the situation would rather be bettered during the presidential election coming up in February 14 this year.

Fayose boasted that the People’s Democratic Party’s candidate in the, incumbent  President Goodluck Jonathan, would floor his opponent  convincingly.

According to governor Fayose, All Progressives Congress would not win any seat in Ekiti  state both in National and state Assembly elections in the state.

Ekiti Governor, Ayo Fayose
Ekiti Governor, Ayo Fayose:  Ekiti ready for free and fair election

He assured that the standard of the coming election would surpass the least governorship election, expressing confidence that  election  standard in the state would not be lower from the governorship experience..

He also spoke on the controversial PDP advertisement placed in two papers last month, claiming it never meant to be a death wish for Jonathan’s contender. According to him, it was only  “to appeal to sense of reasoning to prevent episode of 2010 when the National Assembly had to invoke Doctrine of Necessity.”

He restated that he had no apology for sponsoring the advert, claiming he had a right to his personal opinion and the opinion was not  that of the PDP but of Fayose.

In another development, the People’s Democratic Party has boasted that its presidential candidate in the February 14 poll, President Goodluck Jonathan, will defeat the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari in the North.

The party also claimed that the President would win more than two-third of the total votes cast as well as the required 25 per cent in all the states of the federation.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement issued on Saturday said President Jonathan would beat Buhari in the North not only because the party controls 12 out of the 19 states of the region but also because the citizens are pleased with the numerous development projects Jonathan executed in the region.

Meanwhile, a bomb occurred outside the stadium where President Goodluck Jonathan addressed a campaign rally in Gombe state on Monday. According to sources,  the bomb was planted in a tricycle station along Abubakar Habu Hashidu Road some 200 meters from the stadium and went off minutes after the president, Goodluck Jonathan addressed the crowd of supporters..