Nigeria has history of peaceful, democratic transition of power – UN


UN spokesman Stephanie Dujarric noted that Nigeria has a strong and proud democratic history of peaceful transition of power in recent years.

Feilding questions on if the UN technical support to INEC to use technology to manage the elections was fruitful, Mr Dujarric said the support yielded some results.

“Yes, I mentioned to you earlier that United National Development Programme (UNDP) offered technical support to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). We are not an observer on these elections. That’s not for the UN to say yes or no on how the elections were run,” the UN official explained.

He added, “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 explained that the UN system had continued to provide electoral assistance to national electoral authorities and support to a non-governmental network of organisations focusing on capacity building, promoting transparency and the inclusion of youth and women.

“Included in this support to the Independent National Electoral Commission has been technical support, mainly through United National Development Programme, to improve the process and use of technology in preparing for and managing the election,’’ Mr Dujarric said.

The spokesperson also said he had seen reports that a number of the other candidates would contest the presidential poll’s results.

“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.”

INEC on Wednesday declared Bola Tinubu as the winner of the presidential election held on February 25.