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Presidential Poll: UN advice LP, PDP, and others to seek legal redress

The United Nations (UN) has asked political parties and candidates aggrieved with the results of last Saturday’s presidential elections to seek legal redress.

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The United Nations (UN) has asked political parties and candidates aggrieved with the results of last Saturday’s presidential elections to seek legal redress.

In an interview with NAN in New York, UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, said Nigeria has a strong history of peaceful transition of power.

He said the UN had offered technical support to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), adding that the aid yielded “some” results in the election.

The spokesperson said although the UN did not play a role in observing the elections, he said it is common for tensions to arise whenever results do not sit well with the people.

“Yes, I mentioned to you earlier, that United National Development Programme (UNDP), offered technical support to Independent National Electoral Commission. We are not an observer on these elections,” NAN quoted the UN spokesperson as saying.

“Included in this support has been technical support to improve the process and use of technology in preparing for and managing the election.

“There’s not for the UN to say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ on how the elections were run. I think, Nigeria has a very strong and proud democratic history of peaceful transition of power in recent years. There is a process ongoing.

“It is important at this point in any election, in any country, and we’ve seen it in the north, we’ve seen it in the south and east and west, we’ve seen issues of great tension following elections when people didn’t accept the results.”

He said the UN is calling for calm in the country, saying it would take a process to see desired results.

He added that the legal use of seeking solutions to the problems arising from the election results would play a role in stabilising the country.

“It is important that all stakeholders work for the better, for the stability of the country and use existing legal and constitutional channels to challenge if they so wish, any election results,” Dujarric said.

“What is important is that as in any election, any… that if any candidate or group of candidates have an issue with the results that they go through the established legal and constitutional channels to work out their challenges.

“And it is very important for everyone to remain calm as that process or these processes play out.”

Early morning on Wednesday, INEC declared the former Lagos state governor Bola Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 presidential election.

Not satisfied with the process, the Labour Party (LP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have called for the resignation of INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmood and also demanded the cancellation of the presidential election.

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