US CONGRESSMAN BLAMES PRESIDENT BUHARI, FOR POLLS SHIFT

Written by on February 20, 2019

An American politician currently serving in his 20th term as the US Representative for New Jersey’s 4th congressional district,Christopher Henry Smith, has blamed President Muhammadu Buhari and those close to him for the last-minute postponement of the 2019 elections by INEC.

Smith, who is also the immediate past chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Sub-committee on Africa, said in a statement he issued on Monday, that certain actions including removal of Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen and arson attacks on INEC offices could undermine confidence that the election and subsequent gubernatorial elections will be free and fair.
The statement added that at a minimum, the presidential election must meet the 2015 standard, which saw a peaceful transfer of power and a statement by the then-sitting president adding that all bloodshed must be avoided.

Smith also called upon the Trump administration and the State Department to focus greater attention upon Nigeria, saying in addition to being sub-Saharan Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria is its biggest economy.

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