Presidency Speaks On EU Report On 2019 General Elections


The Presidency on Saturday reacted to the report of the European Union (EU) on the 2019 general elections in Nigeria, promising to implement the recommendations contained therein in order to improve subsequent elections in the country.


The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu in a statement issued in Abuja said the President welcomed the report and expressed joy that the report did not controvert his emergence as the winner of the presidential poll.


“The administration of President Buhari will work with all Nigerian citizens, state institutions, parties, civil society, the media, and other experts to make sure that the improvements recommended by the EU are implemented, and that these areas of concern are addressed.


”It is noteworthy that INEC is in receipt of a number of recommendations that form a part of the EU report. The Presidency assures that the Commission is in safe hands and happy that they are currently engaged in root and branch reviews of the 2019 general elections and will input lessons learned into its recommendations for electoral and constitutional reforms.


”We believe that the commission conducted a good election and will continue to improve on its processes and procedures. Thankfully, EU did not question the results of the presidential election.


”This is further proof that the polls reflected the overall will of Nigerians, and that the world is solidly behind the election of President Buhari for a second term.”


Meanwhile, the Presidency expressed regret that the elections in a few parts of the country witnessed some violence among other shortcomings highlighted by the EU. The statement concluded, however, that none of these hitches affected the overall outcome of the elections.