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Nigerian Newspapers (Sunday, 16 June, 2019 Edition)

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and Members of the Commission receives Delegates from European mission and US Embassy at INEC headquarters Abuja

Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Sunday morning. Enjoy!

1. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in its first reaction to the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) report on the 2019 general elections said that it would implement the recommendations provided in accordance with the law.

EU EOM had in its report presented on Saturday in Abuja faulted INEC for not providing centralised information on the declared results, saying that months after the elections, INEC has not published complete results on its website.

The EU EOM further berated that the electoral body for failing to provide sufficient public information in line with global standards.

2. The Presidency in its reaction to the European Union body said that President Muhammadu Buhari accepted the report of the European Union and would ensure the implementation of its recommendations ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, said that the EU reported improvements in the conduct of the polls, adding that the overall results showed that INEC performed well.

“We believe that the commission conducted good elections and will continue to improve on its processes and procedures,” Shehu said.

The EU body however noted that overall the elections were “marked by severe operational and transparency shortcomings, electoral security problems and low turnout,” some of which included INEC inability to provide sufficient public information and centralised results for transparency. Naija Buzz published the reactions from the Presidency, INEC, PDP and others on the EU EOM 2019 general elections report.

3. Festus Keyamo, the spokesman for the Buhari Presidential Campaign Organisation, who attended the EU report presentation in his reaction, said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory reflected the wishes of Nigerian citizens.

According to Keyamo, even if irregularities were witnessed in few polling units, it was not enough to fault the overall integrity of the 2019 general elections.

“The results of the election reflected the overall wishes of Nigerians. That was the report of many observers. If you are an observer, you should come to a definite conclusion.

“We have 120,000 polling units across the country. In all, I don’t think they discuss more than 500 polling units in the report. If you observe anomalies in those units, how does that substantially affect results coming from 120,000 polling units? It is not enough for the EU to discuss the anomalies, they must discuss overall results of the country, whether it reflects the wishes of the people,” he said.

4. The strongest opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in its reaction to the EU report said that during the 2019 general elections its members were maimed, killed and harassed in the presence of security agencies/officials.

EU EOM had faulted the role of leading parties (APC and PDP) in violence and intimidation by its supporters.

“Leading parties were at fault in not reining in acts of violence and intimidation by their supporters, and abuse of incumbency at federal and state levels,” EU EOM stated.

The PDP however said that “the world watched what happened to its members during the last general elections. Adding that it campaigned, preached peace and love. PDP further accused INEC of colluding with APC and security agencies against its members.

5. The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) in its report on the 2019 general elections said that the polls held across Nigeria were marred by irregularities.

EU EOM in its report presented on Saturday noted that several challenges were faced in the last elections.

According to the group, the 2019 general elections were “marked by severe operational and transparency shortcomings, electoral security problems and low turnout.”

It further added that; “Inconsistent numbers during collation, “lack of clear checks and explanations, and insufficient public information undermined the integrity of the elections.

The EU EOM also rebuked the abuse of incumbency at federal and state levels during the elections.

It also faulted INEC for not providing centralised information on the declared results, saying that the electoral body months after the election has not published complete results on its website. Read more on Naija Buzz

6. Ahmed Lawan, the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, while speaking to journalists at the Presidential Villa in Abuja said that the 8th National Assembly did not perform up to maximum capacity.

“I am sure we did not perform to our capacity as a National Assembly in the last Assembly,” Lawan who joined President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa Mosque stated.

He noted that the 9th National Assembly under him must work harder and be united to cover lost ground.

“If there is anyone that is deficient, it will cost the system some setbacks. So, we are going to work very hard, we would like to catch up the lost ground over the last four years,” he said. Read More

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