The Presidency has refuted the European Union’s final report, which highlighted fault lines in the February 25 presidential elections.
“We strongly reject, in its entirety, any notion and idea from any organisation, group and individual remotely suggesting that the 2023 election was fraudulent,” a statement signed by the President’s Special Adviser on Special Duties, Communication and Strategy, Dele Alake, read on Sunday.
Punch reports that On March 1, 2023, the Independent National Electoral Commission announced Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the presidential election.
However, the results have been disputed by candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and the Labour Party, Peter Obi, who alleged that the process was far from credible.
Addressing a press briefing in Abuja on June 27, the Chief Observer, EU Election Election Observation Mission, Barry Andrews, noted that “the election exposed enduring systemic weaknesses and therefore signalled a need for further legal and operational reforms to enhance transparency, inclusiveness, and accountability.”
He said the shortcomings in the law and electoral administration hindered the conduct of well-run and inclusive elections and damaged trust in INEC.