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FG faults EU’s ‘jaundiced’ report on 2023 elections

THE Federal Government, has rejected the results of the EU Electoral Observer Mission which it deeming it “jaundiced” the EU’s report on the general elections in 2023.

“We urge the EU and other foreign interests to be objective in all their assessments of the internal affairs of our country and allow Nigeria to breathe,” Dele Alake, the Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Special Duties, Communications and Strategy said in a statement today.

Alake argued that Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate at the time, had “clearly and fairly” won the presidency on February 25, 2023.

He added that the EU should let Nigeria breathe and refrain from interfering in its internal issues.

“We find it preposterous and unconscionable that in this day and age, any foreign organisation of whatever hue can continue to insist on its own yardstick and assessment as the only way to determine the credibility and transparency of our elections,” he said.

Recall that Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), two of Tinubu’s opponents, are currently in court challenging the election umpire’s ruling that the former governor of Lagos State won the election.

On June 27, 2023, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) received a report from the EU regarding the elections in Nigeria that year.

According to the EU, the election revealed persisting structural flaws and hence indicated the need for additional legislative and administrative changes to improve openness, inclusivity, and accountability.

The EU also outlined six areas where Nigeria’s electoral process needs to be improved going forward.

However, Alake said the government was not unaware of the “machinations of the European Union to sustain its, largely, unfounded bias and claims on the election outcomes”.

Alake further stated that there is no substantial evidence provided by the EU or any foreign and local organisation that is viable enough to impeach the integrity of the 2023 election outcomes.

“We would like to know and even ask EU, how it reached the conclusions in the submitted final report with the very limited coverage of the elections by their observers who, without doubt, relied more on rumours, hearsay, cocktails of prejudiced and uninformed social media commentaries and opposition talking heads,” he stated.

“We have many reasons to believe the jaundiced report, based on the views of fewer than 50 observers, was to merely sustain the same premature denunciatory stance contained in EU’s preliminary report released in March.

“We strongly reject, in its entirety, any notion and idea from any organisation, group and individual remotely suggesting that the 2023 election was fraudulent.”

Alake said Nigeria has put the elections behind and Tinubu is facing the task of nation-building.

“As a country, we have put the elections behind us. President Tinubu is facing the arduous task of nation-building, while those who have reasons to challenge the process continue to do so through the courts.”

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