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Geoffrey Onyeama, Foreign Affairs Minister

Nigerians in Cote d’Ivoire wants embassy non-interference in community election

Geoffrey Onyeama, Foreign Affairs Minister

Uyo, May 28, 2021

The Council of Nigerian Commune Chairmen in Cote d’Ivoire has urged the Nigerian Embassy in the country not to interfere in the election of the central community leadership.
Secretary of the Council, Mr Bethel Amadi, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday.
He alleged that the embassy was planning to force leadership on Nigerians through undemocratic means.
Amadi said that the guidelines so far released by the embassy contravened the electoral rules established for the conduct of Nigerian community elections in the country.
He accused the embassy of scheming to disenfranchise some Nigerians residing in the country in order to pave way for its preferred candidate.
The secretary further alleged that the embassy had refused to release the official list of eligible voters and aspirants ahead of the election.
“Nigerian community election is supposed to be for every documented Nigerian living in the country, the consular card should be used to clear people.
“The current process is clearly running contrary to all known norms and rules adopted in the past. This is unacceptable. It could lead to a crisis situation if not well managed, ’’ he said.
He urged the embassy to allow a level playing field for all contestants and open the space for documented Nigerians residing in the country to vote.
When contacted, the Head of Mission, Mr Gana Mohammed, debunked the allegation and allayed the fears that the election could lead to a crisis situation.
Mohammed said that there was no plan by the embassy to force leadership on Nigerians through undemocratic means in the country.
He said that the embassy was ready to cooperate with all the stakeholders to have a free and fair election to enable them have the leaders of their choice.
“It is not true that the election would lead to a crisis situation.
“I understand that those who are complaining are also Nigerians, I understand their concerns. I must say that there is no intention to cause crisis,” he said.

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