PPD urges EU to show interest in Ekiti and Osun elections

the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the European Union (EU) Electoral Observation Mission to develop a special interest in the upcoming gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun states, as well as the 2023 general election in Nigeria. The national president of the PPD, Iyorchia Ayu, made the call when he received the Electoral Observation Follow-up Mission of the European Union (EU), headed by the Head of the EU Observation Mission, Maria Arena, at the headquarters of the PDP in Abuja on Thursday. Mr. Ayu, who commended the mission for its recommendations on the 2019 General Elections, said that the recommendations were not only helpful to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), but also helped deepen Nigeria’s democracy. “I believe that their observation throughout the country should be based on helping not only the INEC but also the security services to do their job, which has been constitutionally assigned to them. “It is wrong for agencies that are supposed to be independent to help see credible elections to subvert the electoral process. “So we have serious fears, particularly in those areas where details will be available. “I will also want more observers to be provided because it is a large country. “We have two very important state elections for governor in the southwestern part of the country in Ekiti and Osun. One will take place in June and the other will take place in July. “We urge you to take a special interest in those elections because they are very important elections. FILE PHOTO: EU Monitoring Mission “I think that just as you did in 2019, you will be able to leave your observations that we make available to the INEC to help them improve their performance, so that when we reach 2023 some of the lapses are reduced. “ So we think your visit is very welcome, we have no problem with that. We believe it will help not only Nigerians but the entire process of democracy in the country,” she said. Mr. Ayu said that although the PDP performed well in the Federal Capital Territory Area Councils election, as well as in the recently concluded by-elections in Imo, Plateau and Cross River, the party still has evidence of poor electoral practices in some of the elections. He revealed that the party has already submitted a petition to the INEC on cases of alleged intimidation in the case of the by-elections held in Imo, stating that the PDP would take legal action if its petition is not properly addressed. “In Imo, where the National Secretary of the PDP comes from, we are going to make available to his agency a report that is presented to the INEC in that particular election. “In that particular state, we face a lot of harassment, particularly from security agencies, we have filed a petition with INEC. “We intend to take the necessary legal action if nothing is done because it is not in the interest of our country that the will of the people is not respected.” Mr. Ayu said that the recent performance of the PDP across the country was consistent and strong. “Our people are determined to promote, mobilize and make sure Nigerians vote because they have seen the difference between us and the other party,” he said. 5⁵ Earlier in her comment, Ms. Arena said that the mission was in the country to access the level of implementation of the recommendations made after the 2019 General Elections. She said that they were also in the PDP secretariat, as a key stakeholder to hear her concern about the 2023 elections. “I am the main observer of the 2019 elections. We are here for a follow-up mission. As you know, we have made a report with 30 recommendations in this report. “This follow-up mission is to assess how these recommendations have been taken into account by the different authorities in the country. “It is important to meet with all stakeholders as much as possible because it is not easy in five days to meet with stakeholders, but we have met with civil society, with the media, with the government and political parties. advertisements “It is important because you are playing a very important role in the electoral process. So for us, it is important to hear from them about the main concern that they have for the upcoming elections in 2023,” said Ms. Arena. .(YAYA) Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; PPD urges EU to show interest in Ekiti and Osun elections