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EU report: You can’t be a judge in your own case, African group tells presidency

Tinubu (file photo)

‘While we expect concerned bodies to make the best out of the report, we repudiate any hasty denunciation that seeks to reduce the report to a partisan piece of propaganda which it obviously is not’

By Valentine Amanze

One of Africa’s public policy think-tank, the Neo Africana Centre, has chided the Bola Tinubu Presidency for dismissing the European Union Election Observation Mission’s

(EU-EOM) final report on Nigeria’s 2023 general elections, describing it as “rash, reactionary and unbecoming.”

 It also cautioned the Presidency against the temptation of playing the judge in its own case.

In a statement issued by its Director of Public Affairs, Jenkins Udu, the public policy think-tank pointed out that it was preposterous for the presidency to put itself forward in a report that was largely directed at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The group also condemned such hastiness, while cautioning the Presidency against actions or reactions that would suggest that it was trying to sit in judgment over its own case.

Also read: Presidency rejects EU’s condemnation of 2023 general elections

The statement reads in part:

“We have followed keenly and closely the activities of the European Union Election Observation Mission in the three months that it spent in Nigeria monitoring the preparations, conduct and outcome of the 2023 general elections.

“As a body whose core values revolve around democracy and good governance, we took more than a passing interest in the activities of EU-EOM.

“We share in the concerns it expressed about the shoddy conduct of the elections. Its position on the election is in tandem with the widely held view about the 2023 elections, particularly the presidential election.

“It will be self-deceit, for instance, for anybody not to acknowledge the damage which the non-transmission of the presidential election results in real time inflicted on the credibility of the election. This major lapse cannot be swept under the carpet.

“However, we are more interested in its recommendations which we believe can improve our democratic processes in future if they are accepted and implemented.

“Even though the recommendations are largely for the electoral commission, we invite other relevant bodies, within and outside our shores, to learn a lesson or two from the report.

“We therefore find it rash, reactionary and unbecoming for the presidency to jump into the fray to denounce and discredit the report. The presidency is an interested party in this matter and should stay off the radar.

“The hasty attempt to impose its views on the report on Nigerians and the world at large should be viewed with suspicion and disapproval.

“The presidency should not pose as a judge in its own case. Doing so will be preposterous and an assault on the collective intelligence of Nigerians.

“While we expect concerned bodies to make the best out of the report, we repudiate any hasty denunciation that seeks to reduce the report to a partisan piece of propaganda which it obviously is not.”

Recall that the EU-EOM recently released the final report of its three-month long observation across the country after injecting no less than 40 million euro in the election.

A major highlight of the report was its exposure of enduring systemic weaknesses that impeded transparency, inclusiveness and transparency in the elections.

 The report also noted that shortcomings in law and electoral administration hindered the conduct of well-run and inclusive elections and damaged trust in the electoral commission, especially as it concerns its inability to ensure real-time publication of, and access to election results.

However, the presidency in a swift reaction dismissed the report as the product of a poorly done desk job. It said further that it rejected any notion or idea from any quarters that suggested that the 2023 election was fraudulent.

The Presidency’s position was that the election was not just credible, it was the freest, fairest and most transparent election that Nigeria has had since 1999.

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