We Want Free, Fair Elections In Nigeria –British Envoy

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The Deputy High Commissioner of United Kingdom to Nigeria, Robbin Gwynn, has said that his country  wanted Nigeria to adopt a good electoral process that would lead to free and fair election in the  country this year.

Gwynn stated this when he led other High Commission officials on a courtesy visit to the Speaker and  other members of the Lagos State House of Assembly recently.

According to him, it is only a free and fair election that would ensure the rule of the majority which  is the gateway to the future of the country.

“We recognise that a good electoral process that would lead to free and fair election is the gateway  to the future, a good electoral process would open the doors further for Nigeria on the international  stage and everybody wants to see it happen successfully,” Gwynn said.

He also said that his country would be very happy with whoever Nigerians chose to elect either at the  federal or state level under a free and fair election where the will of the majority would be clear.

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“We are looking forward to the period after that when Nigeria can really move forward, and Lagos is  such a key part to that. We are with you in the period ahead as supportive friends and also looking  forward to working with the Assembly in the future,” he added.

In his response, Speaker Adeyemi ikuforiji, assured the Commissioner that Nigerians are desirous of  having a free and fair election this year because “we are eager to join the comity of civilised and  advanced democracies; we are conscious of our position in the annals of African history and in the  Lagos Assembly, we are very conscious of our role as the transitional generation.

“We know very well that the future of democracy in Nigeria and indeed the rest of Africa has much to  do with what we are able to do in Lagos as that is what determines the well-being of democracy  in our  land; that is why we try to do it right here”, Ikuforiji said.

The speaker also solicited the support of the UK in building a virile legislature, adding that the  country’s democracy is the bedrock of democracy in the world.

He assured the Deputy High Commissioner that whatever teething problems were being observed in the  nation’s democracy now would soon be a thing of the past.