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The United States Embassy has issued a statement ahead of Saturday’s election in Kogi and Bayelsa States, Nigeria.

We will be paying close attention - US Embassy issue statement ahead of Kogi and Bayelsa electionWe will be paying close attention – US Embassy issue statement ahead of Kogi and Bayelsa election

The statement was issued Thursday via its official website. According to the United States Embassy, the United States Government does not support any specific candidate or party in any Nigerian election but support a genuinely free, fair, transparent, and peaceful electoral process.

It also issued a friendly warning to individuals who seek to interfere in the democratic process or instigate violence, that the United States and it allies are watching closely.

The statement reads:

The conduct of the upcoming bi-elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states is important not only for Nigeria, but for the African continent.

The United States Government does not support any specific candidate or party in any Nigerian election. The United States supports the Nigerian democratic process itself. We support a genuinely free, fair, transparent, and peaceful electoral process.

We, and other democratic nations, will be paying close attention to actions of individuals who interfere in the democratic process or instigate violence against the civilian population before, during, or after the elections.

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