Stakeholders call for credible elections in 2019

Aanya Igomu, Abuja

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Nigerians have been called upon to conduct competitive, credible, transparent, non-violent elections in 2019.

The President of International Republican Institute, IRI, Mr. Daniel Twining made the call when he paid a visit to the National Chairman of Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. John Oyegun at the Party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

The IRI President who said he was making his first trip to Africa as the Institute’s President, said his visit underscored the important and constructive relationship the Institute has with the APC.

“We are here to discuss how to strengthen the Nigerian democracy, and to support issue-based politics, inclusion of women, minorities and other groups in the country’s politics to make democracy stronger. Democracy is never done, the work needs to continue everyday to improve in America, Nigeria and every country. so we are here to help and partner,” he said.

While speaking on the general election set to hold in Nigeria in 2019, Mr. Twining said the organization is willing to work and support Nigeria in its growth and development.

“Nigeria is really the most important country in sub Saharan Africa, it’s a leader. Its development and growth will change the world. We want to be here working with our friends here to support that. We have a great partnership with the APC leadership, we have been working with them for years. So we are looking forward to the next phase and working with them in many other states,” Mr. Twining said.

The APC National Chairman thanked the IRI for its support in strengthening democracy in the country.

Omolayo.A