Members of the Commonwealth Observers team on Monday, February, 11, arrived Nigeria and headed to Abuja where they met the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu for updates on the preparation of the coming general elections.
Although no official statement has been made by the electoral umpire, Vanguard reports that the Commonwealth observers, upon arriving Nigeria, were ushered to the INEC’s conference center where they met other officials of the commission.
Our correspondent, however, gathers that the major focus of the meeting would border on how the February general elections would be credibly conducted.
There would be a big responsibility on the electoral commission and observers to steer the middle cause and maintain neutrality during the election as questions keep growing over the integrity of INEC to conduct credible elections for the country.
It would be recalled that the governor of Kaduna state, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, recently vowed that attempt to give Nigeria the “Venezuela option” will be vehemently rejected.
The Kaduna governor was also quoted saying foreign observers, who interfere in the election, would be sent back in “body bags.”
Meanwhile, news has it previously that just days after Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai issued a stern warning to foreigners against interfering in Nigeria’s electoral process, his party the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) made a similar move.
It was reported that while APC welcomed foreign observers to Nigeria for this year’s elections, it warned that intimidation or interference under the guise of election monitoring would not be accepted.