The Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) has recommended the USA authorities for imposing a visa ban on people discovered responsible of undermining democracy and the electoral course of in Nigeria.
The US authorities on Monday, September 14, introduced the choice to impose a visa ban on any particular person discovered responsible of rigging the 2019 governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi state, in addition to anybody discovered responsible of undermining democratic practices within the constructing in direction of the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo state.
In a press release launched immediately, September 15 by its Nationwide Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the occasion mentioned the visa ban must be prolonged to the relations and property of such individuals. The occasion additionally enjoined the European Union and the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to additionally take a queue from the US authorities and problem a visa ban on anybody that works towards democratic processes in Nigeria.
The assertion partially reads;
“Our occasion enjoins the USA Division of State to incorporate relations and property of such anti-democratic brokers who’ve destroyed the credibility of our electoral.
Our occasion urges the USA to additionally invite the European Union in addition to different nations, notably the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, to impose related sanctions on electoral violators, who’re bent on destroying our democracy.
The PDP additional calls for an extension of the ban to the households in addition to confiscation of property of such people to function stronger deterrent to guard harmless Nigerians who’re left to bear the brunt of the misdeed of such unpatriotic individuals.
This Visa ban, if taken throughout the globe, can be a last warning to the leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC), in addition to compromised safety and INEC officers, being utilized by the APC to perpetrate electoral violence and manipulations.
It’s instructive to notice that this announcement by the US, which reinforces the willpower for resistance in Nigeria, can also be an unambiguous cautionary to the sacked nationwide chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, the APC governorship candidates in Edo, Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his Ondo counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, over their plots to make use of violence to undermine the sanctity of the Edo and Ondo state governorship elections.
Our occasion asserts that the place of the US Division of State is a affirmation that 2019 common elections, the November 2019 Kogi governorship election, in addition to different elections underneath the Buhari regime have been massively rigged with unrestrained violence towards the folks and rampant manipulations by the APC and their compromised safety brokers.
The world is conscious of how our compatriots have been killed and maimed in Kano and numerous elements of our nation within the 2019 elections; how collation of outcomes have been compromised by relations of APC candidates and the way compromised safety operatives have been used to frustrate the need of the folks.
With out saying, Nigerians know the people who unleashed violence to rig the November 2019 Kogi state governorship election; who deployed thugs and safety brokers to shoot and kill voters, cart away poll packing containers, used police helicopter to fireside tear gasoline on Nigerians, burnt an harmless girl, Mrs Salome Abuh, alive, altered election outcome figures to make themselves winners.
The US ban is due to this fact a agency assist to our stiff resistance to plots by Oshiomhole and Ize-Iyamu, who’ve been overheating the polity in Edo state with serial assaults on different political events whereas assembling thugs, cultists, pretend policemen in addition to their ‘tigers and lions” who they publicly instructed to invade polling facilities to unleash violence and undermine the electoral course of.
In Ondo, Nigerians are already conscious of how the self-confessed APC militant and former APC chairman within the state, Isaac Kekemeke, boasted that the APC will use violence to rig the October 10 election and that Governor Akeredolu was behind the violent political assaults rocking the state.
It’s instructive to notice that after Kekemeke’s boast, INEC facility in Akure, Ondo state capital was set ablaze, resulting in the destruction of not lower than 5141 card readers meant for the election have been destroyed.
Moreover, Nigerians know the faces of INEC and safety officers used as political mercenaries to control elections in Kogi, Ekiti, Osun and different states. Our occasion vehemently rejects the deployment of identical people to Edo and Ondo.
The presence of such individuals is an invite to disaster because the folks of Edo and Ondo will use each means obtainable and allowed in a democracy to withstand them.
Our occasion prices INEC and all safety companies to notice that the world is watching and as such attempt to behave by the foundations, realizing shameful finish awaits those that undermine the need of the folks.
The PDP, in commending the USA, urges Nigerians, notably in Edo and Ondo state to stay at alert and strengthen their resolve by voting and firmly defending their votes from the polling and collation facilities to the ultimate declaration of outcomes, with the willpower to unbridle the instrument of resistance to anyone, anyone in any respect, who makes an attempt to undermine their will at any stage of the method”.