US tasks Edo governorship candidates on violence

By Tony Ehighiale, Benin

The Consular-General of the United State of America to Nigeria, Mr. John Bray has tasked candidates of the political parties in the September 10 governorship election, not engage in violence.Bray who was accompanied by the Economic Officer of the Consulate-General in Nigeria, James Plasman were on a courtesy visit to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Godwin Obaseki urged political gladiators to be aware that the international community is waiting anxiously to see a violence free election.

He assured the state government of a sustained working environment saying matters of economic importance such as agriculture, power, (the Agro Power Projects which they are committing $50 million through USAID) Peace in the Niger-Delta and Matters bothering on youth empowerment is top on their priority list.

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

On his part, Obaseki thanked them for the visit which he said will go a long way in sustaining the mutual working relationship between the United States and Edo state.

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