Nyesom Wike, the federal capital territory’s FCT, criticised the EU-EOM’s report on the 2023 general election in Nigeria, saying it was an inaccurate portrayal of what actually happened.
He claimed that the report did not accurately reflect the outcome of the most recent election, particularly as it related to his state of Rivers.
On Monday in Abuja, when he had Samuela Isopi, the EU Ambassador to Nigeria, in his audience, the minister conveyed his displeasure.
He asserted that the EU was expected to watch the elections impartially and refrain from misrepresenting Nigeria’s democratic democracy.
The EU-EOM, through its chief observer, Barry Andres had in June presented its final report on the last Nigerian general elections, and highlighted six priority areas with recommendations.
Wike, however said Nigerian laws cannot be same with that of the EU because of the peculiarities of both environments.
“I didn’t agree with European Union over the last report on election in Nigeria. They are to observe, Nigerian laws can’t be the same with EU laws because they have different environments.
“In Rivers state, the EU report was different from what transpired there. How can people who believe in democracy and practise it, be portrayed as people who don’t understand democracy?.
“Our concern should be how to make the economy grow better, we have to cooperate and agree on specific areas of development in the Federal Capital Territory and the entire country.
“Foreign partners should be concerned on strategic development irrespective of the areas”, he counselled.
The EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Samuela Isopi, stated in her speech that the election report was created by a group of impartial observers and had nothing to do with her personal operations.
However, she vowed that the Union would continue to work with the Minister to promote development in the territory and beyond.