The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) has replied Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, over a threat he issued to foreigners on the forthcoming elections. He had said foreigners who intervene in the election would leave in “body bags”.
Responding through a statement on Wednesday evening, EU EOM said its observers would not be deterred from doing their work. It said it had been involved in all Nigerian elections since 1999 and this year will not be an exception.
“We are aware of the comments by the Governor of Kaduna
“The Independent National Electoral Commission invited the EU to deploy an observation mission for the 2019 general elections.
“EU election observation missions give commentary and analysis and make recommendations about the electoral process. EU election observation missions are impartial, do not interfere in the electoral process, and operate according to a strict code of conduct.”
The EU said its observers will continue to do their work -in the run up to, and after the elections -while their security remains under constant review.
“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 16 February elections,” the statement read.
“For the last month the mission’s team in Abuja, as well as 40 long-term observers across the country, have followed the elections.
“The mission looks at all aspects of the election, including the campaign tone, the transparency of the election administration, the neutrality of security forces, and the independence of the judiciary.”
El-Rufai’s comment had sparked an outrage.