He posited that “foreign powers” who may have been engaged by some politicians to interfere with the Nigerian general elections should jettison the idea otherwise, “they would go back in body bags.
“Those that are calling for anyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the person that will come and intervene. They will go back in body bags because nobody will come to Nigeria and tell us how to run our country,” El-Rufai was quoted as saying.
Reacting to the Governor’s claims, the European Union team said it would not be deterred from observing the general elections in Nigeria come February 16 and March 2 because it has had the invitation to do so since 1999.
According to a statement by the team’s leader, Sarah Fradgley, it said the EU will look at “all aspects of the election, including the campaign tone, the transparency of the election administration, the neutrality of security forces, and the independence of the judiciary.”
Speaking on Thursday during a rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at Ngo, in the Andoni Local Government Area, Governor Wike explained that it was necessary for the international community to monitor the conduct of the exercise in order to ensure credible elections.
“We want to call on the international community not to be deterred by El-Rufai’s threat. They should monitor the elections. If anybody rigs, they should sanction Nigeria. They should impose sanctions on El-Rufai,” he said.