Ekiti election: What we expect on Saturday – UK government

British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, has expressed
hope for for a peaceful, credible and transparent governorship
election in Ekiti on Saturday, July 14.

Arkwright made the call during a courtesy visit to Gov. Rauf
Aregbesola on Wednesday in Osogbo.

He urged stakeholders not to see the election as a do-or-die affair.

Arkwright, who disclosed that he would be leading other foreign
observers to monitor the election on Saturday, said politicians should
allow peace to reign in the state before, during and after the

The envoy said that he was passionate about Nigeria and understood the
terrain of the country well.

He added that the peace and progress of Ekiti during and after the
election was important for progress and development of the state.

On the request by Aregbesola for British Government's investment in
agriculture, tourism and mining, Arkwright said UK would work toward
supporting the Osun State Government in the sectors.

The British high commissioner, who noted that 90 per cent of cocoa in
the world came from Africa, said it was sad that the continent could
only enjoy 10 per cent of the production.

Speaking, Aregbesola, who noted that the state was the second largest
cocoa producer in Africa, with huge cocoa plantation, sought for
British Government investment in cocoa production.

Aregbesola also urged the British high commissioner to help the state
to attract investors for gold mining and tourism.

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