European Union speaks on peace accord between Buhari, Atiku

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) has stated that the final peace accord signed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar ahead of the Saturday’s election is a very strong message to Nigerians.

EU Chief Observer, Maria Arena, spoke with State House Correspondents, on Thursday in Abuja, after she led the mission to a private meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinabjo.

According to her, the participation of the two front runners at the peace accord was significant..

Arena added, “The different contact we had with public organisations here in Nigeria and also with the authority gave us information on the election process.

“We have a discussion today; first we say we have to congratulate Nigeria for signing the peace accord yesterday because it is a very strong message to the population. that all the political parties especially the two biggest presidential candidates took the commitment to have a peaceful process.

“We are here for this election and for Nigerians. It is important to have this strong message.

“We have also discussed different issues on our observations, because Nigerians need to have a transparency process.

“They need to trust the process; they need to be free to cast their votes during the election and this is just what we are going to observe as EU Observation Mission,’’ she said.