The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has said that it did not predict victory for President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming presidential election.

It was earlier reported that the organisation was quoted as saying it is less likely for President Buhari to lose the 2019 election.

However the institute has said that the report it released on the 2019 elections was based on its interactions with Nigerians from different sectors.

In a statement on its website, the institute said it never makes predictions about election outcomes.

The organisation said its only interest in elections is to help avoid violence and not on the outcome.

The statement on its website read:

“USIP never makes predictions about election outcomes and has not done so in this case. The Institute’s work on elections is confined to helping nations avoid electoral violence.

“This study is based on interviews across the country with more than 200 Nigerian respondents – election administrators, political party representatives, security officials, civil society and youth groups, the media, traditional and religious leaders, prominent community figures, business people, academics and others.

“The USIP report noted that, in the interviews, ‘some respondents’ discussed their own views of Nigerian public perceptions about an election outcome. A Nigerian news account misreported this passage as a USIP prediction of the outcome, and other Nigerian news organisations repeated the error.

“As USIP is a strictly nonpartisan institution, its work on elections focuses entirely on preventing violence”.

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