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2019: British Government Will Work For Peaceful and Credible Polls, laure Beaufils assured Gov. Wike .




The Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Laure Beaufils has declared that the British Government will work with relevant stakeholders to ensure peaceful and credible polls across Nigeria in 2019.

In a press statement signed on 25th September, 2018 by Wike' Special Assistant on electronic media , Simeon Nwakandu revealed that Laure beaufils after a closed

door meeting  with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Beaufils stated that the technical progress achieved  in the Osun State  elections should be improved  upon next year.

She said: "If you look at the Osun State elections that just took place, there has been a lot of technical progress in respect to INEC.

"We have seen significant progress which we hope can be replicated across the country in 2019. It is something that  we are looking at and we are working with INEC  for further progress.

"It is a combination of working with security agencies and INEC and there is an element of political will. The decision makers of the two political parties should demonstrate their political commitment to address these issues".

She noted that she discussed the process of ensuring that the 2019 general elections in Rivers State are peaceful and credible with Governor Wike and leaders of the APC.

Also speaking, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said the State is fully committed to peaceful and credible polls.

Governor Wike urged the International Community to prevail on INEC and security agencies not to interfere with the voting process in the course of the 2019 elections.

He said: "Let them come out totally that  they are willing to tell the Government of Nigeria, to tell  the security  agencies, to tell INEC, do the needful. Don't interfere in the electoral process.

"Let the people determine what will happen. What their fate will be. If that happens, I can assure you that , we will not have any violence. Election will be free and  fair ".

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Governor Wike wondered why the security agencies cannot replicate the professionalism they displayed in Osun State, in Rivers State.

"Our experience is that we don't  have trust in these agencies  and we don't want to be deceived because of the interest they have in Rivers State.

"I wonder if these security agencies will be committed to Rivers State, the way they were  in Osun State.  Nobody has come out in Osun State to accuse security agencies of being openly involved. Why can't they do that in Rivers State ", Governor Wike said. 

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