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General News of Thursday, 29 June 2023


74 persons killed during Nigerian 2023 elections — EU

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The European Union has debunked claims that the Nigerian 2023 election was free and fair, saying the elections were marred by violence and bloodshed, with at least 74 persons killed in 101 violent incidents.

This was stated in the EU’s final report titled “Election Observation Mission Nigeria 2023.”

“The EU EOM recorded 101 violent incidents during the campaign, including at least 74 fatalities,” the EU reported.

“EU EOM observers received reports of and saw widespread distribution of goods and vote buying. Several state agencies tried to tackle corrupt practices, yet their results were modest. This is evidencing that political will, enhanced institutional capacity, and robust enforcement synergy are needed to ensure transparency and genuine accountability,” the report stated.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on March 1, declared President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, winner of the February 25th presidential election.

However, Tinubu’s victory has been rejected by leading opposition figures, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and Peter Obi of the Labour Party.

Both have challenged Tinubu’s victory before the presidential election petition court (PEPC).