The Social Democratic Occasion SDP governorship candidate in Kogi state, Natasha Akpoti has applauded the US authorities’s determination to position a visa ban on people discovered responsible of rigging the November 16, 2019 Kogi state governorship election.
Natasha ran towards the incumbent Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, and misplaced. She filed a petition towards the election outcomes however misplaced on the Supreme court docket. The apex court docket held that she and her social gathering did not substantiate their claims that the governorship election was rigged.
The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, launched an announcement on Monday, September 14, saying visa restrictions for some people for his or her actions within the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa State elections and within the run-up to the September and October 2020 Edo and Ondo State elections. Learn right here.
In an announcement launched right this moment September 15, Natasha stated the choice by the US authorities validates her claims that the governorship election was rigged. She instructed that the visa ban needs to be prolonged to people who work in establishments like INEC which were charged to conduct free and truthful elections.
”The motion by the US authorities goes an extended strategy to validate all claims my social gathering and I made on the courts on the subject of the gross irregularities of electoral processes amidst violence to put in Yahaya Bello as governor of Kogi state.
To suppose the Supreme Courtroom dismissed my petition as being flimsy and lacked proof whereas all INEC end result sheets tendered as proof had no SDP on them; exhibits the depth of corruption and dishonesty of the Nigerian judicial system.
Nigeria ought to keep in mind that she doesn’t exist in isolation however as a part of a neighborhood of third world nations whose actions form her worldwide relations with allies.
Little question, the Nov. 2019 election has setback Nigeria’s democracy a long time of progress backwards and I do hope this ban is proscribed not solely to the people in Kogi state authorities however principals of establishments who have been saddled with the accountability to make sure free, truthful and protected elections similar to INEC .” the assertion reads.