APC meets EU delegation, expresses confidence in INEC

The All Progressives Congress has held a meeting with a delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and expressed confidence in the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct credible polls in 2019.

Acting National Chairman of the APC, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, also expressed the party’s preparedness to go into the polls.

Adebayo spoke during the meeting with the EU  exploratory delegation which held at the APC National Secretariat, Abuja, on Monday.

He was accompanied during the meeting by the APC National Treasurer, Alhaji Adamu Fanda,  and the Chief of Staff to the National Chairman, Abasi Braimah.

Adebayo, who is the Party’s Deputy National Chairman (South), expressed gratitude to the EU for its longstanding interest and developmental support for Nigeria’s electioneering process.

In response to enquiries by members of the EU delegation on APC’s assessment of the country’s election management body and the justice system ahead of the elections, Adebayo expressed confidence “in the ability of INEC to conduct free, fair and credible elections.”

He also passed a vote of confidence in the ability of the judiciary to resolve disputes that might arise from the election process.

The team leader of the EU delegation exploratory team, Nicolay Paus, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, stated that the team had held similar meetings with other election stakeholders in the country to recommend whether the EU would deploy election observers to monitor the 2019 general elections.

He said, “We have met with a range of electoral stakeholders – INEC, some political parties, ministries of foreign affairs and information, civil society and some of the international organisations working on electoral support.

“The purpose is really to collect as much information as possible to recommend whether to deploy an observer mission for the 2019 elections. This decision will be taken in Brussels.

“As you may remember in 2015, there was a mission here which arrived around six weeks before the elections and stayed some weeks after the elections. “We also had a number of long-term observers who followed the electoral process as well.”

Other members of the delegation included: the Head of Politics, EU Delegation in Nigeria, Olivier Huot; Policy Officer, Jose-Antonio Torres-Lacasa; Election Analyst, Hannah Roberts,  and Political Adviser, Osaro Odemwingie.
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