Updated: March 4, 2021
Rep. Chris Smith, a Republican from New Jersey and a Ranking Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, has called on the Nigerian electoral body to announce the Saturday election results immediately, warning that there was pressure to tamper with the official results.
Smith called on the United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to hold election saboteurs accountable.
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“Yesterday, Nigeria voted. Today, votes are being counted. I am very concerned by credible reports that the vote is being tampered with. To avoid any manipulation of the tally, it is critical that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announce without delay actual results — which are certified by party agents and observers — at each polling unit as the vote is tabulated,” he wrote in a statement.
“Well-placed sources report that in some states and localities — including Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Abia — INEC commissioners are receiving enormous pressure to alter poll results. This must not be allowed to happen,” Smith added, citing states with strong support for opposition leader, Atiku Abubakar.
“The eyes of the United States, of Africa, and the world are upon Nigeria and INEC. I also ask Secretary Michael Pompeo to hold accountable anyone who seeks to cheat the Nigerian people — who have waited patiently — of their vote or foments violence.”