- Nuhu Ribadu has explained the presence of governors from Niger Republic at the APC rally in Kano state
- The former EFCC boss said the visit of governors from neighbouring country at a political party rally is lawful and not a big deal
- There has been criticism from opposition party over the Nigerien governors attendance at the rally
The Director of the Presidential Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Malam Nuhu Ribadu, has said there is no law broken with the presence of two governors from neighbouring country, Niger Republic, at the Presidential camapaign rally of the APC in Kano state.
The Guardian reports that Ribadu said the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) protocol allows free movement of persons within the ECOWAS sub-region.
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He said: “For your information, it is a free world and it is the constitutional right of everyone to be where he wants to be. You have no right to curtail anybody from doing what he wants to do. People from West Africa are free to move into Nigeria. We have a protocol or agreement that they don’t need a visa to come into this country."
Ribadu, a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said he is aware that the governors and foreigners are not allow to vote but as West Africans, nothing stops them from supporting a president they feel has done well for his people.
"You cannot and you have no right as a Nigerian to stop them from exercising their fundamental human right to identify with their friends. Their presence may or may not have any impact on the re-election, but they are entitled to it. We have to guarantee their freedom because their presence is within the law and we don’t have the right to stop them,” he said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng also reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said the presence of some governors from Niger Republic ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign rally in Kano state did not violate any Nigerian law.
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