…By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
The Labour Party (LP) has strongly criticized the Bola Tinubu-led Federal Government for rejecting the report of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) on the 2023 elections.
The EU EOM presented its final report to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on June 27, 2023.
In the report, the EU Chief Observer expressed concerns about INEC’s failure to electronically upload the presidential election result, which severely damaged trust in the electoral process.
The EU highlighted enduring systemic weaknesses and called for further reforms to enhance transparency, inclusiveness, and accountability.
Presidency’s Dismissal of EU Report Met with Opposition Response
In response to the Presidency’s dismissal of the EU report as a poorly-done desk job based on rumors, gossip, and biased social media commentaries, the National Publicity Secretary of the LP, Obiora Ifoh, issued a statement on behalf of the party.
Ifoh stated that it was unsurprising for the Presidency to reject the EU report.
He emphasized that the EU’s findings align with those of numerous other international observers who have expressed concerns that the 2023 election did not truly reflect the will of most Nigerians.
LP Stands by EU Observation, Challenges Federal Government’s Response
The LP spokesperson described the Presidency’s comment as a face-saving measure and reaffirmed the party’s support for the EU’s position on the 2023 polls.
Ifoh accused the government of attempting to mask the obvious and claimed that the election was heavily rigged in favor of the ruling party and its candidate.
He asserted that there is ample evidence to support the belief that the election was manipulated, and expressed hope that the judiciary would dispense justice impartially and in the best interest of the nation.
Criticism towards INEC and Call for Judicial Intervention
Ifoh criticized the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its actions, stating that the commission’s position reflects its lack of independence and its collaboration with the federal government to deny the electorate their rightful choice.
The LP spokesperson noted that Nigerians are now looking to the judiciary for justice and trust that it will act without bias.
Ifoh concluded by stating that the Nigerian people already know the true winner of the 2023 presidential election and that no amount of denial or rebuttal can alter this fact.
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