The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has called on the two leading political parties in Nigeria: the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to present younger candidates with female running mates for the 2023 general elections.
Catriona Laing, who spoke today, May 19 in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers state, during her maiden visit, said: “my ideal candidates would be two younger presidential candidates, both with female vice-presidential candidates.”
She asked Governor Nyesom Wike and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to ensure peaceful elections in Rivers State, warning that the UK would deny visas to Nigerians who disrupt 2023 elections.
“It is essential that there’s a peaceful election in Rivers State. It’s going to be a crucial part of his (Wike) legacy, how the election goes in this state. We’ve been saying the same thing to Amaechi.
“Another thing we will be doing is to remind people that if people do incite violence or act violently, we will be prepared to deny them visas to the UK. We will make that statement clear and say it over again.”