The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has asked Nigerians to exercise their franchise during the coming general elections and ensure that their votes count.
Symington, in a broadcast published on the official Twitter handle of the US on Tuesday, insisted that the elections must be free, fair and credible.
While urging a level-playing field for candidates of political parties, he said Nigerians must know their rights and make an impact by voting.
He appealed to people in the country not to allow themselves to be influenced by anyone during the elections.
He said, “The elections are a remarkable opportunity for all Nigerians to come together and for every citizen to express their will. What the United States hopes to see in your elections in this year 2019 are elections that are free, fair, credible and above all transparent.
In this process, I know one thing: it is absolutely important for the citizens of Nigeria to personally take part, beginning right now by knowing what your rights are. On election day, you won’t have an effect unless you vote. It’s important that you work together to make sure that your votes are counted.