Wike expresses dissatisfaction over 2023 EU presidential election report


By Chioma Nnodim

Minister, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Barr Nyesom Wike, has expressed dissatisfaction on European Union, EU, over its report on the 2023 Nigerian presidential election.

He said the report did not give the true position of the last election held in the country, but created a wrong impression on the minds of electorate especially in Rivers state.

The Minister made this known when European Union, EU, ambassador to Nigeria, Samuela Isopi paid him a courtesy visit in his office, on Monday.

The Minister said EU was supposed to serve as an observer during the last election and not to present report that would not give the true picture of Nigerian democracy.

However, European Union Election Observation Mission, EUEOM, through the chief observer, Barry Andres had in June presented its final report on the last Nigerian general elections, and highlighted six priority areas with recommendations.

Meanwhile, Wike said Nigerian laws can’t be same with that of the EU because they have different environment.

“I didn’t agree with European Union over the last report on election in Nigeria. They are to observe, Nigerian laws can’t be the same with EU laws because they have different environment.

“In Rivers state, the EU’s report was different from what transpired there. How can people that believe in democracy and practice it, be portray as people that don’t understand democracy?.

“Our concern should be how to make the economy grow better, we have to corporate and agree on specific areas of development in the Federal Capital Territory and the entire country.

“Foreign partners should be concerned on strategic development in irrespective of the areas”.

Responding, European Union ambassador to Nigeria, Samuela Isopi said the report was put together by an independent observers and has nothing to do with her own operations.

She pledged the Union’s commitment to work with the Minister to boost development in the territory and beyond.