Mr Phrank Shaibu, the Particular Assistant on Public Communication to the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Occasion, Atiku Abubakar, has hailed United States Senator, Jim Risch, for stating the truth that Nigeria’s not too long ago concluded presidential election was marred with irregularities.
Shaibu additionally hailed Risch for criticising the US authorities over its choice to hurriedly embrace Bola Tinubu as president-elect however damning reviews from election observers.
Quoting Senator Risch he stated, “The continued electoral course of in Nigeria is broadly seen as deeply flawed by election observers and plenty of Nigerians. It’s disappointing to see the administration rush to embrace the end result, whereas the total image of what occurred throughout this electoral course of is but to be seen.
“I’ve expressed related considerations associated to different areas of our relationship with the Nigerian authorities. I fear this rush to judgement will undermine our capacity to be an efficient companion to all Nigerians, particularly given their longstanding need for democracy,” he acknowledged.
The PUNCH reviews that the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Comission introduced the candidate of the All Progressives Congress returned elected because the President-elect from Saturday, February 25, presidential election.
Responding in a press release on Saturday, Atiku’s particular assistant acknowledged that posterity could be type to Senator Risch for siding with the folks of Nigeria even towards the US authorities.
Shaibu additional famous, “Senator Risch had confirmed what goal observers revealed. And that’s that the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria was a sham, a usurpation of the desire of the folks and a stain on the historical past of Nigeria.”
Shaibu additionally counseled some notable media platforms in London for his or her strongly worded editorials, the place they described intimately their opinion of the February 25 election.
Lamenting how the electoral umpire carried out the February 25, presidential election, the media aide added, “The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee badly misfired. Voting began late in lots of districts, depriving thousands and thousands of the appropriate to vote. The system to add the outcomes from 177,000 polling stations stuttered, inflicting reputable considerations of vote tampering throughout lengthy delays. Violence was troubling. Occasion goons invaded many polling stations in what gave the impression to be blatant acts of intimidation.”
He additionally counseled The PUNCH for its scathing editorial, the place it described in graphic element how thugs appearing on the instruction of the APC used violence to intimidate voters in Lagos.
The PUNCH significantly acknowledged, “In Ikate, Lagos, gunmen invaded a centre, scattered the voting supplies, inflicting voters to flee. The troopers close by saved the day. There was additionally violence in Oshodi and Okota, compounded by the late arrival of supplies in polling centres, which was reportedly instigated by a faction of the street transport union that refused to maneuver supplies. Thugs threatened those that refused to vote for the All Progressives Congress in Shitta, Surulere, Lagos.”
The media aide identified that Tinubu misplaced in Ikeja Native Authorities the place he had voted and in addition misplaced in Bourdillon, Ikoyi, the place he lives.