British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, has said his home government is not opposed to President Muhammadu Buhari seeking a second term, but would not favour him over other presidential candidates.
Arkwright told PREMIUM TIMES that he also does not know of any western power’s opposition to the president re-election.
“I am very happy to put that rumour to bed,” Arkwright reportedly said.
“The United Kingdom supports a process whereby the people of Nigeria can exercise their democratic right to vote.”
“All of Nigeria should feel that they have a part to play in the democratic process. I encourage people to go out and get their PVCs.
“Who they vote for is a matter for their conscience and not for the United Kingdom government. Whichever candidate is standing, they need to make up their minds and decide who would best suit them.
“And that’s an individual choice. We favour a free, fair, credible and peaceful process and we’re working with INEC to make that happen.”
President Buhari has not overtly expressed his desire to re-contest but his body language suggests so. He also hinted during his visit to Benue that he might return to solicit for their votes.