- President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed satisfaction with the readiness of the Independent National Electoral Commission for the coming elections
- The president made this known when he received members of the European Union Observer Mission in Nigeria
- Buhari also told the EU delegation that Nigeria has grown its electoral system incrementally, getting better year after year
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, January 22, expressed satisfaction with the level of preparations made by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the forthcoming general elections.
Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, in a statement, said the president made his feelings known when he met with members of the European Union Observer Mission, who are in Nigeria to observe the forthcoming election at the State House, Abuja.
The president also told the EOM, led by the chief observer and member of the European Parliament, Maria Arena, that he was optimistic that the electoral body would deliver on its mandate of a credible poll.
Buhari said he had listened earlier in the day to the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, when he briefed the national council of state.
He said: “I am happy and impressed with the briefing he gave. I hope that the confidence he exuded and the intellect he brought to bear on the report will be justified at the end of the day.”
The president told the EU delegation that Nigeria had grown its electoral system incrementally, getting better year after year.
The president added: “Having participated in elections four times in the past, I would say that since 2015, technology has helped the credibility of our elections.''
Buhari said that Nigeria with over 250 cultural groups across religions and ethnic groups, with each group canvassing for identity and primacy in the affairs of the nation, “patriotism demands that we identify the nation’s best interest and go with it.”
He stressed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) administration had the good sense to identify national interests to include security, peace and stability, improved economy, jobs creation and the campaign against corruption.
He noted that the party was not wrong in 2015, and is not wrong going into the election this year with the same issues in its campaigns.
The president thanked the delegation for taking interest in Nigeria’s elections, and in the affairs of the nation generally.
The EOM team, accompanied by Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, who is the head of European delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said that the EU had observed every election in Nigeria since 1999, and had come here again for the next one, following an invitation by INEC.
The delegation promised impartiality and neutrality in the monitoring of the election.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the National Council of State on Tuesday, January 23, in Abuja expressed satisfaction with the level of preparations of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the conduct of the forthcoming general elections.
Akeredolu said that the endorsement of the INEC preparedness for the election followed a presentation made by the chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, at the meeting of the council.
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