Following the report by EU on 2023 presidential election in Nigeria, a group under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Society Organisations and Political Parties of Good Governance on Thursday accused the European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM), for alleged plan to trigger violence in the country.
Recall that the EUEOM had last week presented its final report on the 2023 general elections to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Mission offered 23 recommendations for consideration by the Nigerian authorities as part of its contribution to improve the future elections in Nigeria which trigger controversies in the country
The Civil Society Organisations while protesting to the EU headquarters in Abuja, displayed banners with inscriptions, “Nigerians reject EU election report, we say no to manipulated report: “Don’t trigger violence in Nigeria”.
Dr. Lilian Ene Ogbole the convener of the group while addressing journalists said Nigerians are not satisfied with EU report presented to INEC.
According to her, the just concluded election that produced Bola Tinubu as president was one of the most transparent election in the history of Nigeria, saying the country will not condone any false report nor condone any manipulated result against Nigeria.
She said, “We are here with thousands of patriotic Nigerians who have come specifically to raise concern about the presentation and the report of the European Union concerning the just concluded elections.
We have come to register unequivocally that we are not satisfied with the report of the European Union as a matter of fact, we are of the opinion that the report is not just ridiculous but a deliberate act to slides the Nigerian entity and of course by implications our leaders and the government of Nigeria.
“We are all Nigerians here. We were all here during the just concluded election. But before I proceed further, I would like to say to you very clearly that there is no where election in the world that is devoid of crisis and hitches. Every election in the world both in the United States of America, in the great Britain both in Ireland and even the European Union countries was not perfect.
“Every election comes with their peculiar problems. Nigeria is not an inception. Yes we are aware that the world is a global village therefore, people from different parts of the world converge in various countries during elections to monitor, observe and make presentations like the EU has done. But what we found unnecessary, what we found not worthy is the manner in which the report was made.
“The election that just concluded in Nigeria that produced one of the man alive today in the person of his excellency, distinguished Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu was one of the most transparent election in the history of Nigeria.”
Mrs Ogbole noted that EU’s report is enough to trigger National pronlem and chaos.
“You would also agree with me that the report of the European Union is enough to trigger a national problem, is enough to trigger a national chaos. Our security is at stake, our sovereignty is at stake, our unity is at stake.
“Nigeria is a great country in Africa, the most populated country in west Africa and the pride of the African countries. If the European Union is beginning to address our election and of course what ever is daring the way they have presented this report then we are scared. We are scared not just is going to affect Nigeria as a country but is going to affect the whole of the African countries”.
The group advised the EU as of matter of urgency to withdraw their report and come up with the report that will be favourable to Nigeria.
Addressing the protesters, a staff at EU headquarters who refused to mention his name promised to deliver the petition to the proper authorities.