The United State Consular-General to Nigeria, John Bray has charged all political parties candidates in the September 10 governorship election to see poll as a contest and not a ring of war.

Consular Bray in company of the Economic Officer of the United State Consulate-General in Nigeria, James Plasman who were on a courtesy visit to the Chairman of the Edo state and Strategy Team, EST Mr Godwin Obaseki spoke yesterday in Benin City noting that political gladiators in the state must be aware that the international community is waiting anxiously to see a violence free election.

He assured the Edo state government of a sustained working environment saying matters of economic importance such as Agriculture, power, (the Agro Power Projects which they are committing $50 million through USAID) Peace in the Niger-Delta and Matters bothering on youth empowerment is top on their priority list.

He said, ““We are in the state for the upcoming election, just letting them know the international community is watching for a free, fair and transparent election. So we are trying to make that point to all the gladiators”.
On his part, Mr Godwin Obaseki who is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, with his running mate, Rt Hon Philip Shaibu who received the delegation thanked them for the visit which he said will go a long way in sustaining the mutual working relationship between the United States and Edo state.

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