The UK has threatened to ban politicians who resort to electoral violence, forward of the Ondo and Edo governorship elections.
This was contained in a press release posted on Twitter by the UK Embassy in Nigeria on Tuesday.
The British authorities warned that it could seize the belongings of such individuals and confirmed it could be sending observers to watch the conduct of the polls within the two states.
“The UK takes a powerful stand in opposition to election-related violence and, simply as we did within the common election in 2019, will proceed to take motion in opposition to people we establish as being accountable for violence throughout the elections.
“This might embrace restrictions on their eligibility to journey to the UK, restrictions on entry to UK primarily based belongings or prosecution below worldwide legislation.
“The UK will proceed to supply assist and engagement as we transfer in direction of these elections. We urge INEC, the Police and all different businesses concerned to work collectively to ship free, honest and credible elections,” it learn partly.
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It additionally confirmed that the UK Excessive Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has met with leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP), and referred to as for a hitch-free election.
The warning from the UK comes a day after the USA of America (USA) positioned a visa ban in opposition to people who compromised latest governorship elections.