The United Kingdom, United States, France and European Union have called on political parties involved in the Saturday Rivers State re-run parliamentary election to eschew violence.
In a joint statement signed by British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul T. Arkwright, United States Ambassador to Nigeria, W. Stuart Symington, French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Guaer and EU Head of Delegation to Nigeria, Michel Arrion said, “We note with concern the rising tension in Rivers state ahead of elections on 10 December.
“We call on the leadership of all political parties and their supporters in Rivers state to allow elections to go ahead peacefully. We encourage INEC and the security forces to perform their duties responsibly and impartially.
“We urge all parties to respect the electoral process and raise any grievances peacefully and through official channels,” the statement urged.
“We stress that the leaders of all parties are accountable for the actions of their members and we encourage them to urge their supporters not to use or incite violence,” it added.