Chuka Umunna MP makes statement in advance of Nigeria elections

Important elections – presidential, gubernatorial and legislative – will be taking place in Nigeria beginning this weekend. Legislative elections are taking place on Saturday April 2; the Presidential election on Saturday April 9 and state assembly and gubernatorial elections on Saturday April 16.

Commenting on elections in Western Africa in the House of Commons on 31 March 2011, Chuka Umunna MP, Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria, said:

“It is of paramount importance that democracy is allowed to flourish and is respected, and that people get out and vote in …elections in the region, in particular those starting in Nigeria this weekend.”

Speaking today on the Nigerian elections from his constituency of Streatham, which has one of the largest Nigerian diaspora communities in Britain and covers large parts of Brixton, Mr Umunna said:

“Nigeria is a great country with a wonderful people and has huge potential to be greater still but for that to happen good governance is essential and democracy should be allowed to thrive and flourish. This won’t happen unless the process is transparent, fair and people are able to freely exercise their right to vote – I very much hope that will happen.”