THE All Progressives Congress has again taken a swipe at the Western Countries over alleged interference in the electoral process in Nigeria.
Speaking with newsmen on Monday in Abuja, deputy national publicity secretary of the ruling party, Yekini Nabena said the Western nations should focus on the breakdown of the Brexit deal between the United Kingdom and European Union, the alleged Russia interference in the last presidential election in the United States of America and many other serious challenges they face rather than meddle in the affairs of Nigeria.
He said: “In all elections conducted in the country, we have always welcomed local and foreign monitors and observers. In our view, this is a best practice and geared to ensure the transparency of our elections.
“But comments on our election processes coming from some western diplomats and accredited foreign observer missions have been downright meddlesome and tantamount to interference.
“Nigeria is a sovereign nation and such actions by these western countries negate the principles of international law which outlaws interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign nation by another country.
The APC spokesman called on Nigerians to be ready to defend their sovereignty at all times.
“While the electioneering process might not be perfect as seen with the last-minute postponement of the General Elections, we must all work together to make it better.
Statements and actions by these western diplomats and accredited foreign observer missions that erode confidence in the elections are inexcusable and strongly condemned.
As a country, we will always find local solutions to our local challenges whenever they arise.
“The US, UK and EU have enough already on their hands. Their time and energy should be spent on the probe of alleged Russian interference in the immediate-past US elections, the breakdown of the Brexit deal between the UK and EU and many other serious challenges they face.”
Speaking on the postponement of the presidential and national assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), he faulted the shift in the dates for conduct of the exercise but appealed to INEC to correct the lapses which led to the postponement to ensure hitch-free rescheduled elections on Saturday.