…By Joseph Benjamin for TDPel Media.
Nigerian journalist Rufai Oseni has alleged the reasons behind the rejection of the European Union (EU) report on the 2023 election by President Bola Tinubu and other All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains.
The EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) had presented its report to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on June 27, 2023.
Criticism of INEC and Call for Reforms
In the report, the EU Chief Observer, Barry Andrews, expressed severe concern about the damaged trust in INEC, primarily due to the failure to electronically upload the presidential election results.
The EU highlighted enduring systemic weaknesses and emphasized the need for legal and operational reforms to enhance transparency, inclusiveness, and accountability in future elections.
Presidency’s Dismissal of the EU Report
The Presidency, represented by presidential spokesman Dele Alake, dismissed the EU report as a poorly-done desk job that relied on rumors, gossip, and biased and uninformed social media commentaries.
They refuted the findings and conclusions presented by the EU.
Alleged Reasons for Rejecting the EU Report
Rufai Oseni, in a post on his Twitter page, claimed that Tinubu and other APC chieftains rejected the EU report because it reminded them of their consistent absence from debates and their avoidance of responding to questions regarding their policies.
Oseni criticized their behavior and questioned their credibility.
Criticism of Keyamo and Fani-Kayode’s Roles in Spreading Misinformation
Oseni further criticized former Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, and former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, for their roles in spreading fake news during the election period.
He highlighted their misinformation campaigns and even mentioned that Keyamo was invited by the Department of State Services (DSS) in relation to this issue.
Oseni emphasized that their actions would not be forgotten, as they were considered the “kings of electoral misinformation.”
Historical Perspective and the Question of Rejected Reports
Oseni concluded by questioning the tendency of some individuals to reject reports, drawing attention to the events that unfolded during the election period and suggesting that those involved should not overlook these facts.
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