UK speaks on ‘support for Buhari’s second term’

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Paul Arkwright, the United Kingdom High Commissioner to Nigeria, has explained why it would not openly support President Buhari for second term.

He said, however, his country or any other Western nation was not against a second term by President Buhari.

Arkwright was reacting to speculations that the Western nation was planning to prevail on Buhari to step down ahead of 2019 presidential election.

“I am very happy to put that rumour to bed. The United Kingdom supports a process whereby the people of Nigeria can exercise their democratic right to vote,” he told Premium Times on Thursday.

Arkwright, however, did not say whether he knew Buhari would run or not, but insisted that UK would not favour him over his opponents and vice versa.

“All of Nigeria should feel that they have a part to play in the democratic process. I encourage people to go out and get their PVCs.

“Who they vote for is a matter for their conscience and not for the United Kingdom government. Whichever candidate is standing, they need to make up their minds and decide who would best suit them.

“And that’s an individual choice. We favour a free, fair, credible and peaceful process and we’re working with INEC to make that happen,” Arkright said.


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