Team of observers from the European Union, EU, which monitored last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in Nigeria, has submitted an interim report of their findings to President Goodluck Jonathan.
Congratulating President Jonathan on the successful end to the elections, Chief of the EU Mission, Satiagp Fisas told State House correspondents after meeting the President that it was credit to all Nigerians that the whole process ended without rancour.
“I congratulated him for that and I seized the opportunity to give to him our preliminary report about the election. For that, he was very happy. And of course, I will come back in the July with the final statement at a press conference and to give it to the new president, our recommendations as would be contained in the final reports,” the team leader said.
He added: “The elections are so important for the people of Nigeria, but is an African example for all Africa and countries innate world. You know many people didn’t expect that the elections will be peaceful. They expected a lot of violence after the elections but it turned out not to be true.
“And also, I congratulate President Jonathan but I would like to congratulate Nigerian people because they showed a lot of commitment to that election. Not in all circumstances would you see such that people stood in the sun for a very long and hot day, despite some of problems. Even at that, you were there. It shows that you Nigerians are truly democratic.”
He disclosed that the EU Observer Mission’s recommendations were contained in the interim report he submitted to Jonathan.
“That is contained in the report. So, it is up to Nigerian government to accept or not to accept the recommendations. We are observers and we have made our recommendations and I don’t want to advance the final report that will be finished after the gubernatorial elections, when we can embark on a new idea with a new President. Probably that will be in July, then we will make recommendations public. But now we have only two recommendations,” he added.