21 November 2017
By James Ojo
The United States of America, has reiterated its commitment to remain neutral ahead of the Nigeria’s Presidential elections in 2019, even as it dismissed speculations in some quarters that it has endorsed an ‘anointed’ candidate for the election.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of the U.S.-Nigeria Bi-national Commission in Abuja, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, John Sullivan while responding to a question on the level of involvement of President Donald Trump’s administration in the 2019 elections in Nigeria, said the U.S. would not endorse any candidate.
Sullivan noted that any statement by the United States, with regards to the 2019 elections, would be in support of the Nigerian people and democracy in the country.
According to him, “What we want to do is to ensure to the extent that we can assist, free and fair elections and we won’t pick those candidates.
“We won’t pick any candidate, we won’t endorse any candidate, we want to support the Nigerian people and democracy in Nigeria.
He had earlier said the support of the US to Nigeria is usually for the people and not in support of any particular candidate.
“Any statement by the United States, in the events of the 2019 elections, would be in support of the Nigerian people and democracy in Nigeria and not in support of any particular candidate.
“We want free and fair elections, we are not picking candidates, the Nigerian people should pick their candidates and choose among them and make the final choice for themselves.”