- The PDP has hailed the recent visa ban on some individuals for their actions during the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections
- This position was made known in a statement signed by the national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan
- The party's spokesperson also demanded that the visa ban be extended to family members of such individuals
Following the imposed visa restriction on some individuals for their involvement in electoral malpractice, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has praised the United States over the ban.
The opposition party in a statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, the national publicity secretary, on Tuesday, September 15, noted that the election riggers undermined Nigeria's democracy and the electoral process.
The PDP also demanded that the US Department of State extend the visa ban to the family members of such individuals.
Ologbondiyan speaking further noted that the assets of such anti-democratic agents should be confiscated as it would serve as a stronger deterrent to protect innocent Nigerians who are left to bear the brunt of the misdeed.
The party appealed to the United States to invite other countries most especially the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, to impose similar sanctions on electoral violators.
According to the PDP spokesperson, the party declares that the position of the US is confirmation that the 2019 general elections, as well as other polls conducted under the current administration, were rigged.
PDP also added that if the visa ban is taken across the globe, it would be a final warning to All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders as well as compromised security and INEC officials, being used to perpetrate electoral violence.
This development is coming hours after the United States in a dramatic twist and what is considered as a way to checkmate rigging in the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states, imposed a visa restriction on some persons for their actions.
A spokesperson for the Department of State, Morgan Ortagus, made the disclosure in a statement on Monday, September 14.
Ortagus said the US government had in July 2019, announced the imposition of visa restrictions on Nigerians who undermined the February and March 2019 elections.
The report said although the US government did not reveal the identities of those who have been banned, it said the ban was in furtherance of its commitment to strengthening democracy in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that former Kaduna lawmaker, Shehu Sani, reacted to the United States' imposition of visa restrictions on those who engaged in electoral malpractice in the last governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.
Reacting to the development, Sani said the visa restrictions will help Nigeria in its quest for "transparent and credible elections by tackling impunity."
"Failure to implement genuine electoral reforms led us to foreign remedy," the former lawmaker tweeted.
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