The Labour Party has described the All Progressives Congress, APC, protest to the European Union mission following its report on the 2023 general election as a national embarrassment.
This is contained in a statement signed by its acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Obiora Ifoh in Abuja.
The statement explains that this shows how antithetical the APC is to truth and measures that will grow and strengthen Nigeria’s democracy.
“Our attention has been drawn to Friday’s protests by the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the premises of the European Union Mission in Abuja and we view such protest as a huge national embarrassment”.
According to the statement the APC protesters were calling on the European Union to withdraw its final report on the just concluded general election in the country.
“The protesters were demanding that the EU should withdraw its final report on Nigeria’s 2023 general election held on 25 February and 18 March 2023, because as they claimed, the report was capable of setting the country on fire” .
“Labour Party finds it counter-intuitive, awkward and very difficult to comprehend that after the outome of the general election on February 25, Nigeria did not go on fire because of the non-violence disposition of our standard bearer, Peter Obi, it is now that APC thinks the stark truth coming from an unbiased independent body like the EU will set Nigeria on fire”.
The statement urges the APC to accept the EU report for the growth of democracy in Nigeria.
“What the Labour Party expected the APC to do is to lavishly appreciate the European Union for their continued contributions to the growth of democracy in our country through the NEEDS assessment and consequent financial, technical, and logistical support, which the 94-page report further underscores” he states.
It advises the APC government to learn from one of the Nation’s finest President, late Umaru Yar’Adua, who in 2007, after winning the Presidential election states that the process that brought him was fraudulent and promised to reform the electoral system.
“What the APC government should have done even standing in their epileptic position is to borrow a leave from late President Umaru Yar’Adua, who in 2007, after winning the Presidential election perceived by international observers as not sufficiently credible, accepted to make amends by promising to reform the electoral system”
“It was the reform of the electoral system started by Yar’Adua and continued by his successor President Goodluck Jonathan after his death that facilitated the victory of an opposition APC defeating an incumbent Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in 2015.
“It’s the height of ingratitude and lack of sense of history for the same APC to be protesting against the same EU that had never failed to issue its observation reports after every election since 1999 and shouldn’t have looked away at the worst and the most egregiously conducted elections in the history of Nigeria.”
“What Nigeria and indeed lovers of democracy globally should do, is to appreciate the EU for its persistent role in growing democratic principles in our land and refusing to be frustrated despite the anti-democratic attitude of our politicians and leaders” Mr. Ifoh emphasizes.
Georgina Humphrey, Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Bukky Alabi