APC Welcomes Observers, but Won’t Tolerate Interference in Electoral Process


The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) declared yesterday that foreign observers were greatly welcomed in African nation throughout this year’s elections beginning with the presidential polls on Saturday.

But it warned that no form of officiousness, intimidation or interference by any foreign country within the electoral method under the pretence of election observation would be allowed.

The party argued that those coming back to look at the election ought to remember that African nations were sovereign states and not colonies of other nations and should apply international best practices in effecting their functions as election observers.

National message Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, aforementioned in a very statement in Abuja that the party was solidly behind the statement attributable to Governor Nasir El’Rufai of Kaduna State, and it absolutely was able to defend African nation.

Onilu said, “We stand totally by the statement as regards any country that thinks we tend to square measure a colony; that we’ve got a right to defend each in. of this country; and that we aren’t a state.

“Governor El’Rufai ne’er aforementioned folks shouldn’t come back and observe or monitor elections. And he wasn’t pertaining to people that square measure genuinely coming back to watch and observe the elections. Nigerians additionally move to alternative countries as monitors and observers. so is suitable to North American country. we tend to welcome referee. What we tend to don’t we tend tolcome and what’s unacceptable to North American country is any country thinking we square measure a colony, we are not. we tend to square measure a sovereign nation.”

On the event inside the party in International Maritime Organization State, Issa-Onilu aforementioned the National operating Committee of the party was nonetheless to require a choice.

He said, “We square measure alert to matters in International Maritime Organization and that we have created our purpose clear. Let American state restate that APC doesn’t have associate alliance with any party, together with the Action Alliance. we tend to aren’t in alliance with any party whatever during this election.

“However, we tend to welcome support for our candidates from any party, however we tend to don’t have such a briefing that accommodates the candidate of the other party besides APC candidates. In International Maritime Organization and every one the 36 states, together with the FCT, we tend to square measure candidacy for APC candidates {and we tend to|and that we} expect APC candidates to win elections anyplace we square measure candidacy in a very free and honest atmosphere.

“We also are alert to the very fact the party’s native chapter has taken some disciplinary action as regards the International Maritime Organization State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha. within the previous few weeks, we’ve got been going around the country to gift our card before Nigerians and to hunt a renewal of this mandate to continue the great work that President Muhammadu Buhari has kicked off.

“The National operating Committee has not been ready to meet thereon and plenty of alternative problems unfinished. In due course the NWC can meet which could also be one among the problems which will be thought of.

“As at these days, the important issue in International Maritime Organization is to stress the very fact that APC is supporting all APC candidates in International Maritime Organization and that we don’t recognise candidates that aren’t from the APC. we tend to encourage the folks of International Maritime Organization to vote massively for APC candidates. The berth candidate in International Maritime Organization remains legislator Hope Uzodinma,” he said.

Responding to the criticism that greeted the recent deployment of Commissioners of Police to the states, the APC representative aforementioned, “a few weeks past, it absolutely was an equivalent PDP that was crying that the police had been compromised which the previous officer of Police was poised to deliver the election to APC. currently the president has taken the position by appointing a brand new IGP. currently I don’t apprehend wherever the noise is coming back from.

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