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US Cautions Edo Governorship Candidates Against Violence

edo governorship, John BRAY
Posted: Jul 28, 2016 at 6:12 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Francis Onoiribholo


Benin – The United States Consular-General to Nigeria, John Bray, on Tuesday, charged all the candidates in the September 10 governorship election in Edo State to see the poll as a contest and not a physical battle.

Bray, in company of the Economic Officer of the United State Consulate-General in Nigeria, James Plasman, were on a courtesy visit to the Chairman of the Edo State Strategy Team (EST) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki, in Benin City.

He noted that political gladiators in the state must be aware that the international communities were waiting anxiously to see a violence-free election in Nigeria.

He assured the Edo State government of a sustained working environment, saying that matters of economic importance such as Agriculture, power, peace in the Niger-Delta and matters bothering on youth empowerment were top on their priority list.

The US government has committed $50million on Agro Power Projects through its agency in Nigeria, USAID.

According to Bray, “We are in the state for the upcoming election, to just let them know that the international community is watching for a free, fair and transparent election. So we are trying to make that point to all the gladiators.”

In his response, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, who is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), with his running mate, Rt. Hon Philip Shuaibu, who received the delegation, thanked them for the visit which he said would go a long way to sustain the mutual working relationship between the United States and Edo State.