Nigeria: Obi Dismisses EIU Report As Jaundiced, Poorly Done Transactional Job

The Obi-Datti Media office has dismissed a recent report by the Think Tank, Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) predicting the eventual outcome of the ongoing legal challenge to the disputed 25 February, 2023, presidential election, as a jaundiced poorly done job designed to advance the cause of the All Progressives Congress.

In a statement signed by the Head of the Media Office, Diran Onifade, the office said, “We are taken aback that after a long silence, it is most appalling that a highly reputed analytical entity will engage in such a counter-intuitive prediction.

“Every foreign and domestic observers’ report classified the election as egregiously flawed. Such contentions are sufficient grounds for the upturning of the election results by the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) as sufficient evidence was provided to prove that the election was substantially flawed and did not meet the acceptable standard for a credible election.

“For the EIU to predict otherwise seems utterly self-serving, and scripted to meet the political needs and aspirations of APC, the possible facilitator of the report.

“This EIU prediction is beyond partisan; indeed it is most disturbing and unacceptable.

Onifade further said, “By this jaundiced report, the EIU via subterfuge is trying to pre-script a judicial outcome by front-loading its proffered narrative.

“It is clearly obvious that this EIU prediction is a paid-for-advert that canvasses the position of one party among many that vied for the presidential elections.

“Even though the EIU also referred to the APC reform agenda losing momentum, Nigerians are not deceived that such analysis is by any means altruistic, when clearly it is the other way round.

“It is very doubtful that the EIU would endorse the incredulous and shambolic conduct of INEC, had it happened within the United Kingdom or the European Union territory.”

The Obi-Datti Media team further accused the think tank of seeking to secure cheap points in an attempt to appear altruistic.

It said, “Attempting to score cheap points with the passive mention of Mr. Tinubu’s low popularity at 37% of 27% voter turnout does not sufficiently capture the widely held view of proven election irregularities like never experienced in Nigeria’s history.

“Moreover, to opine that the Judiciary would do the unthinkable in the face of proven irregularities while it expects Mr. Tinubu’s reforms agenda to lose momentum, given his fast eroding low-level political capital, goes to show how much value the EIU places on Nigeria as a whole, along with its Judiciary. We reject such a damnable doctrine full of inconsistencies.