Senate President, David Mark, on Friday assured that in spite of the apprehension surrounding the conduct of the February general elections, the exercise would be peaceful and the outcome ‘cheering’ to all Nigerians.
A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Paul Mumeh, said that Mark stated this while receiving the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle, who was on a courtesy visit to his office in Abuja.
Mark also told his guests that the Independent National Electoral Commission had been well equipped with necessary tools and personnel for the polls and that Nigerians are also ready.
He said, “Nigerians are ready for the elections. Our citizens are now more conscious of their rights and indeed the values of their votes. What we expect from our friends and the international community is support and cooperation.
“Security challenge is there but we have intensified efforts and our security operatives now equipped to contain the situation.
“So far, Nigerians are desirous of a peaceful conduct of the elections. I’m sure the outcome would be cheering to all”.
The senate president also expressed the hope that the exercise would be interesting even as he commended the government and people of the US for the support to Nigeria especially towards the election.
In his remarks, the ambassador noted that Nigeria was heading towards a great democratic exercise in 2015, which the global community was looking forward to with keen interest.
Mr. Entwistle also stressed the need for a violent-free election and expressed satisfaction that all the leading presidential candidates for the polls had signed an agreement for a violent-free election next month.