The EU Is Aware Of Allegations Of Electoral Malpractice But Wouldn’t Take A Strong Stand – Westcott
The just concluded 2023 presidential election has generated a lot of talking points with respect to how the election was conducted by the INEC. Despite the fact that several world leaders have congratulated the president-elect, there are still still questions as to the transparency of the process.
Speaking during an interview on Arise TV, a Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London, Dr Nicholas Westcott disclosed that the European Union and several other world organisations were aware of allegations of corrupt practices during the election but that they wouldn’t take any strong stand as they’re welcome whoever emerges winner.
He also stressed that Tinubu’s mandate is a valid one but wasn’t necessarily a strong mandate as his opponents have decided they’re heading to court to challenge the outcome of the just concluded election.
Speaking on Tinubu’s victory, he said “Internationally, people are aware that it is not necessarily a strong mandate and that he would have to rule within certain confines. The various electoral observation missions have began to declare – the EU said they were aware of allegations of corrupt practices. The ECOWAS team are continuing acceptance of legal due process. I think the international community is not going to take a strong position – they will accept the results as announced and wait till the Nigerian processes would take their course”
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