From right: Chief Observer, European Union Election Observation Mission Nigeria 2019, Maria Arena; Head of Delegation, European Union Delegation to the Nigeria and to the Economic Community of West African States, Ketil Karlsen and other Delegation during their visit to INEC on 2019 general election held at the Commission in Abuja. 21 Jan 2019. Photo: Felix Onigbinde
The federal government said it is deeply concerned over statements made by United States, United Kingdom and European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) regarding the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
The U.S, U.K and EU EOM had, in a separate statements last weekend, questioned the suspension of CJN Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The various statements, especially of those referred to above, appear prejudicial and signify alignment with the opposition and endorsement of its position that the ruling party, and by extension the Federal Government of Nigeria, is working on rigging the forthcoming elections in Nigeria,” said the statement signed by the ministry’s spokesperson, George Edokpa.
He said President Buhari had consistently demonstrated respect for the rule of law, saying it was absurd to presume that the suspension of the CJN is geared towards rigging the forthcoming elections in favour of the ruli