The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, in the 2019 election, Peter Obi, has finally broken silence on the 2019 Nigeria election report released by the European Union Election observer team.
Naija News reports that Obireacted to the report in a statement on Monday, June 17, where he noted that the EU report tainted the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s President for a second time, as it had shown to the world that the process that brought him in was questionable.
The former Anambra state Governor stressed EU report merely captured what many Nigerians knew and have been highlighting.
Obi noted that Nigerians should learn lessons from the report and ensure that future elections are conducted in the standard of international best practices.
According to him, the EU report which clearly shows that the 2019 election was a clear set back from the 2015 general election conducted by President Goodluck Jonathan, which hugely enhanced Nigeria’s Democratic credentials at the global stage.
His words: “I have always maintained that the process through which a person gets into an office is far more fundamental than what the person does thereafter in that office why because of the integrity of the office being occupied”, he said.
The former Anambra state Governor said the key seven-point recommendations contained in the EU report, which was read by the Head of Mission, Maria Arena on Saturday, should be taken very serious by Nigerians and ensure that necessary steps are taken for the implementations.
Naija News recalls that the security agencies were berated for not preventing violence and in some areas were said to be culpable in maltreating electorates and electoral personnel.
Reacting, Obi called the attention of the security agencies to the indictment in the report and urged them to ensure that it guides its professionalism jealously and prevent denting their image before the global community where they had always been outstanding at peacekeeping operations.