UK deploys observers, threatens sanctions against violence sponsors

 Yusuf Alli, Abuja


THE United Kingdom plans to deploy observers monitor Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State and ant the October 10 poll in Ondo State, its High Commissioner to Nigeria Catriona Laing said on Tuesday.

It also spoke of a plan to take action against sponsors of violence, including travel ban to the United Kingdom.

But it said the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has met with the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The decisions of the UK Government were contained in a statement in Abuja by the High Commission to Nigeria.

The statement reads: “As a friend and partner of Nigeria we are closely following the lead up to the off-cycle governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states scheduled for September 19 and October 10 respectively.

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