The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign has described the report of the European Union Election Monitoring Group on the 2023 general elections which concluded that the last election was fraught with irregularities and failed to meet the minimum standard of credibility, as credible.
Mr. Phrank Shaibu, Special Assistant on Public Communications to the PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said this in a statement, in Abuja, late on Sunday.
He took a swipe at the Spokesperson for President Bola Tinubu for trying to discredit the EU’s report.
Shaibu noted that “even the dead” knew that the last election lacked credibility and even the Independent National Electoral Commission had been unable to explain why nearly five months after the election, it had refused to upload the full result on its result viewing portal.
He said, “Even primary school children who did not vote know that INEC failed woefully and that Tinubu rigged the last election.
“The Presidential election held on February 25, 2023 and yet as of July 2, 2023, the result of the Presidential election has not been fully uploaded. This is despite the fact that this election was the most expensive in the history of West Africa.
“How can an election in which the full results have not been fully uploaded after nearly five months be described as credible by any sane human being?”
He described as nonsensical Alake’s claim that the EU was a meddlesome interloper for discrediting the poll.
Shaibu said it was hypocritical of the Nigerian government to receive millions of dollars from the EU as election fund and then turn around to claim that the EU has no right to make comments on the election.
He said, “The EU said in September last year that it budgeted 39 million euros for Nigeria’s 2023 election. Most of the funding went to INEC as election support
“The EU not only provided training for INEC staff but also donated equipment only for INEC to conduct a shambolic poll. So why would Alake claim that the EU has no right to speak when it was the largest single donor to INEC? Mr Alake should rather be quiet rather than try to defend the indefensible.”
The Atiku aide further argued that the results in states like Rivers showed that the election was far from credible.
He said it was tragic that Tinubu was planning on rewarding Former Governor Nyesom Wike with a ministerial portfolio despite the accusations of rigging leveled against him as well as a pending petition against the former Governor which has attracted nearly 300,000 votes.
Shaibu further said, “The Presidential election in Rivers State was clearly rigged as evidenced by what INEC has uploaded on IREV. So far, nearly 300,000 Nigerians have signed a petition on change.org demanding visa bans against Governor Wike.
“Tinubu is now on the verge of appointing Wike as a minister as a reward for that disgraceful election. What a shame. And this is the character who claimed to have fought for the actualisation of June 12?”
Atiku’s aide called on the United States and the United Kingdom to speed up the process of imposing visa bans on election riggers.
He admonished them to also reveal the identities of those implicated in election rigging especially staff of INEC and members of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
According to him, the report of European Union Election Observation Team like all other reports on the 2023 Presidential Election is not different from the facts our legal team led by Chief Chris Uche, SAN have placed before their lordships at the Presidential Elections Petitions Court. We are encouraged by the presence of the manifold brave and audacious men and women of the Bench in our judiciary.
He also said, “We know that, very soon, those distinguished and imperial dispensers of justice in our present day judiciary shall deliver a judgment that will be pure as the driven snow and not tainted by gravies and or bullied by coercion from characters with iniquitous power.