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FG Donates $500, 000 To Guinea-Bissau For Elections

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The Federal Government of Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has donated $500,000 and 350 units of electoral kits to Guinea-Bissau ahead of the country’s elections.

The president also gave out 10 motorcycles, five Hilux vans, and two light trucks to the country.

This was confirmed in series of tweets on the verified Twitter handle of Presidency Nigeria, @NGRPresident.

The donations was in response to an urgent request for assistance by the Government of Guinea-Bissau towards the election.

“The President graciously approved support to the country’s election process, including 350 units of electoral kits, 10 motorcycles, Five Hilux vans, two light trucks and US$500,000,” the tweet reads.

Presidency added that Buhari made the donations “In his capacity as Chairman, ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State,” and had, on Friday morning, directed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to undertake an urgent mission as his Special Envoy to Guinea-Bissau, in the company of ECOWAS Commission President, Jean-Claude Brou.

“This vital assistance ensured that legislative elections held in Guinea Bissau, which should help in stabilizing the country,” Presidency added.

Last November, President Mario Vaz visited Buhari and had told State House Correspondents that he was in Nigeria to seek advice from him concerning the postponement of elections earlier scheduled to hold in his country.

He confessed that he was encouraged by the counselling he received from President Buhari.

Legislative elections were subsequently held in Guinea-Bissau on March 10, 2019, though they had originally been scheduled for November 18, 2018 following an ECOWAS brokered agreement between President José Mário Vaz and the opposition in April 2018.

However, electoral census was not completed until November 20, and Prime Minister Aristides Gomes subsequently proposed various dates of December 16, 30 or January 27 2019 as possible alternatives.

The election date was settled following a presidential decree issued in December 2018, reports say.

The ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde won 47 of the 102 seats and remained the largest party.

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