2023 elections: Nigerian govt rejects EU mission report


The Nigerian government has rejected reports on the 2023 general elections published by the European Union (EU) election observation mission.

The report was presented on Tuesday by the chief observer, "Barry Andrews".

"Andrews said the report was based on the analysis of compliance with Nigeria’s regional and international commitments for democratic elections."

"Andrews faulted" INEC for the operational challenges and glitches experienced with the bimodal voter accreditation system (BVAS) and the result viewing portal, saying the discrepancies severely damaged public confidence in the electoral body.

"But in a statement on Sunday by Dele Alake, special adviser to the president on special duties, communications and strategy, the federal government described the EU mission report as a poorly-done desk job."

The federal government said the EU mission had a limited coverage of the elections, adding that the organisation based its findings on rumours, social media commentaries and statements made by the opposition parties.

"Sometimes in May, we alerted the nation, through a press statement, to the plan by a continental multi-lateral institution to discredit the 2023 general elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission." 

The main target was the presidential election, clearly and fairly won by the then candidate of All Progressives Congress, "Bola Ahmed Tinubu", "Alake" said.

"For emphasis, we want to reiterate that the 2023 general elections, most especially the presidential election, won by President Bola Tinubu/All Progressives Congress, were credible, peaceful, free, fair and the best organised general elections in Nigeria since 1999."

There is no substantial evidence provided by the European Union or any foreign and local organisation that is viable enough to impeach the integrity of the 2023 election outcomes.

"EU-EOM observed the elections through 11 Abuja-based analysts, and 40 election observers spread across 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory." With the level of personnel deployed, which was barely an average of one person per state, we wonder how EU-EOM independently monitored election in over 176,000 polling units across Nigeria.

"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."

We are convinced that what EU-EOM called final report on our recent elections is a product of a poorly done desk job that relied heavily on few instances of skirmishes in less than 1000 polling units out of over 176,000 where Nigerians voted on election day. 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.

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