From Francis Nansak, Lafia
The governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in Nasarawa State, Labaran Maku, has called on the international community to beam their search light on elections in Nasarawa State, alleging plans by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig election.
The former Minister of information and coordinating minister of defence made the call shortly after meeting with the United States of American ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington at the party’s campaign office in Lafia.
Maku the urged the US envoy to appeal to all political actors in the state to maintain peaceful conduct, devoid of rancour and acts capable of inciting conflict.
He disclosed that the APGA is one of the most peaceful political parties in the country with the motto; “Be your brothers and sisters keeper.”
Mr Maku however noted that the activities and utterance of the ruling APC in the state shows clearly that they have perfected the rigging plans in the state.
“The people of the state are fed up with rigging and will stand and defend their vote till the final declaration. Those who are in the rigging team should not forget that they are known to the concern people of the state,” said the APGA candidate, who attributed election violence to perceived lack of neutrality of election umpire.
Addressing journalists after a closed door meeting with the candidate, the ambassador of the United State of American to Nigeria, Stuart Symington called on Nigerians to stick to one man one vote to ensure peaceful and credible election void of violence, adding that though the 2019 general elections is all about Nigeria and Nigerians, the rest of the world are concern.
“This election is a Nigerian elections, the rest of the world cares about Nigerian people. The last election in 2015 gave credibility to Nigeria and made Nigeria stand with the rest of the world. That credibility helped Nigeria to govern well at home and lift Nigeria image before the world”.