The United States of America has clarified the Trump administration has no preferred candidate in the eagerly awaited presidential election in Nigeria, which is coming up in February next year.

Addressing newsmen during a visit to the Katsina State Government House, Philip Franz Seitz, a political officer at the US Embassy in Nigeriia, said the United States is only interested in the electoral process that will produce the candidates, and not the candidates.

“We want to emphasise that the US has no candidate in this election,” he said, adding “Our candidate is the process, we very much respect the sovereignty of the country,” he said.

Mr. Seitz assured that US is ready to “support peaceful electoral process and we stand to provide whatever assistance in order to see free, fair transparent and credible election in Nigeria in 2019.”