The U.S. has expressed concerns over what it described as deteriorating political climate in Edo state.
Reacting to recent incidents in the state, the U.S Embassy in Nigeria called for a free, fair and peaceful election process in the state.
“The U.S. supports a democratic process where the will of the people is reflected in the results, and does not favour any party or candidate.
“We are concerned with reports of the deteriorating political climate in Edo and are disappointed with the role played by some political actors in the state.
“We are especially concerned with allegations of interference by security forces in political matters, which we will continue to monitor closely in the run up to gubernatorial elections in September.
“As we approach the 2020 off-cycle elections in Edo and Ondo, we urge all stakeholders to work toward a free, fair, transparent, and peaceful process.
“We encourage all stakeholders, including INEC, political parties and the security services to continue to improve the electoral process. We look to Nigeria as an important leader on the African continent,” the statement said.