AHEAD of next month’s general election, the European Union, EU, on Monday, said it would not deploy observers to the North East geo-political zone of the country in view of insurgency in the area.
Speaking at the Wadata Plaza, the national secretariat of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Observer of European Union Election Observer Mission in Nigeria, Ambassador Santiago Fisas, said “for security reasons, unfortunately, we can’t deploy into North East region.”
Fisas, who led members of the mission to the secretariat and was received by the PDP National Secretary, Prof Wale Oladipo, said that the EU Election Observer Mission has been in the country since November last year, and had monitored the primaries of the political parties. He said the Mission would not observe the general and presidential elections in the North East states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Taraba and Gombe.
The Chief Observer of the European Union Election Observer Mission in Nigeria who declared that over 90 Election Observers were deployed by EU to monitor the forthcoming election in all the states said they will not cover the North East because of activities of insurgents in the zone. He said: “We have been here since mid-November for observations. We followed the primaries, election propaganda, media and possible claims after the election.”
According to him, the number of EU Election Observers in the country was minimal, but they remain the best in terms of quality, just as he expressed support for the Abuja Peace Accord and disclosed that the EU has no favoured candidates or political party.
“We apply international rules for the election; that means we must be neutral, we don’t interfere at all as a mission,’’ Fisas added. -DailyTimes