Rotimi Amaechi, Director-General of the reelection campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari, has said the president will not interfere with the outcome of the 2019 elections.
Amaechi reiterated this while addressing a delegation from the European Union (EU) on Thursday in Abuja.
He added that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would adhere strictly to the electoral laws in the forthcoming elections.
“One assurance I will give you today is that we’ll stand by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and we will stand by whatever decision they make. We believe that we promised Nigerians change and I also believe that you can observe the change
“The assurance I will give you from President Buhari Campaign Organisation is that there will be no interference by the president. We’ll play by the rules and whatever the campaign team needs to do to ensure that the election is transparent, we will do. We’ll also ensure that the election is such that Nigerians will be proud of, and we hope that the rest who are contesting in other parties will also take the same position,” he said.
Earlier, Ketil Karlsen, head of the EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said the EU would partner with Nigerians to organise credible polls in 2019.
He noted that the EU was only concerned about the best electoral practices for Nigeria.
“We look forward to a good collaboration on this occasion of the 2019 general elections. We have had election observers in Nigeria for all general elections since 1999.
“For the EU, we really do not have any preferred candidate, we don’t have any preferred political party, we don’t promote any particular ideology in Nigeria. We are very concerned about having the best possible process in the country. We want to see free, fair, credible and peaceful election. So this is why we have invested not only our time but also a lot of European tax payers’ money on engaging with all the Nigerian stakeholders since 1999.
“We have spent more than one hundred million Euros in giving support for electoral process. So currently, we support INEC, we support the national assembly, we support intra-party democracy and we support all stakeholders.”