The Presidency says it has welcomed the report by the European Union (EU) on the outcome of 2019 general elections in Nigeria.
Naija News understands that the Presidency of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari says it was promising to analyse the statement fully and act on the recommendations in the best interest of the country.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Saturday, June 15.
Shehu in his statement noted that the observers of the EU were earlier invited to the country by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and welcomed by the administration of President Buhari.
This he stated that it was a clear indication of the administration’s good intentions, commitment to a purely democratic process and desire to improve on the next elections.
The statement read: “The administration of President Buhari will work with all Nigerian citizens, state institutions, parties, civil society, the media and other experts to make sure that the improvements recommended by the EU are implemented, and that these areas of concern are addressed.
”It is noteworthy that INEC is in receipt of a number of recommendations that form a part of the EU report.
”The Presidency assures that the Commission is in safe hands and happy that they are currently engaged in root and branch reviews of the 2019 general elections and will input lessons learned into its recommendations for electoral and constitutional reforms.
”We believe that the commission conducted a good election and will continue to improve on its processes and procedures,” he said.
Although he regretted that the elections witnessed some violence in some parts of the country as highlighted by the EU, Shehu stated however that none of the hitches referenced by the EU affected the overall outcome of the elections.
The statement obtained by Naija News continued as thus; ”Thankfully, EU did not question the results of the presidential election.
”This is further proof that the polls reflected the overall will of Nigerians, and that the world is solidly behind the election of President Buhari for a second term.”