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PDP, European Union Election Observation Mission react to El-Rufai’s alleged death threat

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

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in its reaction to the controversial statement of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State threatened to pull out of the peace accord signed by political parties ahead of the forthcoming general elections.

Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the spokesman of the PDP in a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday said that the PDP will be left with no option but to consider a review of its signatory to the peace accord if no action was taken over El-Rufai’s statement.

“Nigerians are still in a state of shock over comments by el-Rufai on the national television that members of the global democratic institutions that are working for peaceful elections in Nigeria would return to their countries in body bags. What a threat?

“We call on the international community to immediately impose a travel ban on el-Rufai for this inciting comment against peaceful elections in our country.”

European Union Mission reacts to El-Rufai’s statement

Also, the European Union Election Observation Mission in its reaction to the statement said that it has strict code of conduct and its observers do not interfere in elections.

The statement by the foreign observers was released on Wednesday by Sarah Fradgley, its Press and Public Outreach Officer.

“We are aware of the comments by the Governor of Kaduna about non-interference by foreigners during a talk show on the elections on Tuesday.

“While the security of EU observers is of paramount importance, and will remain under constant review, EU observers will continue their work across the country in the run-up to – and beyond – the elections.”

Governor El-Rufai had during a programme on NTA said;“Those that are calling for anyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the person that would come and intervene, they would go back in body bags,” he said.

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