By Talatu Bala
The United States Embassy in Nigeria on Monday urged candidates of Saturday’s elections to appeal to their supporters not to cause violence as results are being announced.
The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, said this in a statement issued on Monday.
He charged all candidates must abide by the peace accord they signed.
Symington called on political parties not to claim victory until the results were announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The statement said , “We urge all candidates to honour the Peace Accord they signed. All should convince those who support them to refrain from using force or violence to interfere with INEC.
According to it,“No one should break the law by announcing results before INEC does, or break the peace by claiming victory before the results are final. Everyone has a common interest in showing patience as INEC collates and announces the election results.”
The envoy congratulated Nigerians for going out to vote en masse despite a few incidents of violence.
Symington condoled with the families of those who lost their lives in the violence.