By Toby Prince
The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Nigeria 2019 has said that the threat by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai that foreign nationals who interfere in the forthcoming general elections would be given “body bags treatment was not directed at EU Observers.”
The leader of the EU Observer team to the Federal Capital Territory, Patrizia Agangi, said the statement does not affect the mandate of the observation mission, as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) invited them.
Agangi explained that the mandate of the EU EOM is to observe the whole electoral process from pre to post-elections. She said: “Our work goes on the same despite the threat by the Kaduna State governor. Our mandate is not affected by the statement because we are invited by INEC.”
Agangi who is a Long Term Observer, said the group was visiting The Guardian to gauge the feeling and perception of journalists who work in the company about the political environment.
It also wants to INEC administration of the election, various groups like women, people with disability, the judiciary and election related complaints in the period leading to election and media access among others.