PeacePro cautions OBJ, opposition parties over attempt to scandalize INEC

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▪ Says 2023 election may not be perfect, but it is an improvement on the past

A peacebuilding organization, Foundation for Peace Professionals, also known as PeacePro, has cautioned former president Olusegun Obasanjo and other opposition parties attempting to scandalize the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over 2023 presidential election.

PeacePro stated that heating up the polity in an injurious manner, undue scandalization of INEC and outright misinformation, geared towards gaining political advantage were a great disservice to this nation.

In a statement by the Executive Director of PeacePro, Ambassador Abdulrazaq Hamzat, the group explained that former president Olusegun Obasanjo was a statesman, who should be above political partisanship, “but we find the statement credited to the former president shocking, owing to the partisan and dangerous nature of the statement.”

Hamzat, who is a former Nigerian Ambassador to the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) maintained that, being a former president who had led the country in the past, Obasanjo should not be amplifying rhetoric and undue partisanship threat, under the guise of national concern.

“President Obasanjo should know better, being the president who was in charge during an election many considered the worst in Nigeria’s recent history.”

“The former president should not be amplifying dangerous rhetoric, capable of setting the country against itself,” Hamzat said.

According to him, “while the ongoing 2023 election was not perfect, the process was still an improvement on the past and there’s no part of the law that has been bridged by INEC to warrant such unnecessary scandalization.

“Politicians should not seek to set the country ablaze due to personal consideration,” Hamzat said, adding that the recent insurrection in United States after America’s 2020 presidential election should serve as a lesson to all.

Amb. Hamzat also enjoined the opposition political parties to express their concerns and observation in a peaceful and legal manner.

He maintained that irrespective of what any political party considered as infraction, the law could adequately address it if presented before it, adding that, resorting to threat and disruptive actions would not be in the interest of the nation.

He, therefore, urged all parties to uphold the peace, as they had committed themselves to, in the peace accord signed by all political parties.

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