The Labour Party (LP) has faulted the Federal Government’s position over the European Union (EU) mission’s report on the 2023 general elections, describing the presidency’s statement discrediting the report as medicine after death.
The party, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Pastor Obiora Ifoh, said the report by the EU mission was one out of many international observers reports, which had submitted that the election was rigged in favour of the ruling party.
“The leadership of the Labour Party has noted with dismay the statement by the Federal Government discrediting the European Union’s conclusion on the 2023 General Election wherein it faulted the modalities by which the conclusion was reached.
“We see this face-saving measure by the Federal Government which is coming days after the submission of the report as feeble and medicine after death.
“It will interest the government to note that the European Union’s report is only one out of numerous submissions by other international observers who have described the outcome of the election as a sham and an exercise that did not reflect the will of the majority of Nigerians.
“Labour Party stands by the position of the EU observation mission. We have always said that this election was massively rigged in favour of the APC and their candidate.
“What the FG is saying is just an afterthought and a shameless effort to mask the obvious. Even the blind can see, the deaf can hear and they know this election was manipulated.
“Huge pieces of evidence are abound for even the deaf and the blind to hear and feel. We are only hoping that the judiciary will dispense justice without fear or favour in the interest of the nation and posterity.
“Nigerians already know the true winner of the 2023 presidential election and no amount of slandering, denial, or rebuttal can change the fact that the party in power has no mandate of the electorate.
“We must also note that whatever position the INEC has taken is with active connivance with the Federal Government to deny the electorate and it clearly shows that INEC is not in any way independent.
“The Commission’s action is at the whims and caprices of the government and we know it. But Nigerians are looking to the judiciary for justice. That’s where we stand,” the Labor Party said.
Also, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in February 25 poll, Atiku Abubakar has slammed the presidency for “failing to understand that truth is constant all the time.”
Atiku, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications, Mr Phrank Shaibu, said the EU’s final report on the 2023 polls showed that the outcome of the election was not a reflection of the will of Nigerians who trooped out to cast their ballot.
He knocked the Federal Government for trying to discredit the EU mission report.
Shaibu said even ‘the dead’ knew that the 2023 elections lacked credibility, adding that INEC had been unable to explain why nearly five months after the election, the complete result was yet to be uploaded on its result viewing portal.
“Even primary school children who did not vote know that INEC failed woefully and that Tinubu rigged the last election. The presidential election was held on February 25, 2023 and yet as of July 2, 2023, the result of the election has not been fully uploaded. Although, this election was the most expensive in the history of West African politics.
“How can an election in which the full results have not been fully uploaded after nearly five months be described as credible by any sane human being?” he said
Shaibu described as nonsensical Federal Government’s claim that the EU mission was a meddlesome interloper for discrediting the poll.
According to him, it is hypocritical for the Nigerian government to receive millions of euros from the EU as election funds and then turn around to claim that the body had no right to make comments on the election.
“The EU said in September last year that it budgeted 39 million euros for Nigeria’s 2023 election. Most of the funding went to INEC as election support.
“The EU not only provided training for INEC staff but also donated equipment only for INEC to conduct a shambolic poll. So why would Alake claim that the EU has no right to speak when it was the largest single donor to INEC? Mr Alake should rather be quiet rather than try to defend the indefensible,” he noted.
Atiku’s aide further argued that the results in states like Rivers State showed that the election was far from credible.
“The Presidential election in Rivers State was rigged as evidenced by what INEC has uploaded on IREV. So far, nearly 300,000 Nigerians have signed a petition on change.org demanding a visa ban against former Governor Nyesom Wike.
“Tinubu is now on the verge of appointing Wike as a minister as a reward for that disgraceful election. What a shame! And this is the character who claimed to have fought for the actualisation of June 12?,’’ Shaibu said.
He called on the United States and the United Kingdom to speed up the process of imposing visa bans on election riggers.