Edo, Ondo election: INEC staff, APC, PDP bigwigs on US visa ban list

Edo, Ondo election: INEC staff, APC, PDP bigwigs on US visa ban list

- INEC officials and top members of PDP and APC have been exposed to be on the list of those US placed a visa ban on over alleged electoral malpractices

- The list, as gathered, also contained academicians, serving governors and lawmakers as well as some security officers

- Edo and Ondo guber election is fast knocking at the door with tension heightened in the two states amid fear of possible violence and rigging

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With just three days to the Edo gubernatorial election, there is palpable apprehension in the south-south state occasioned by the heightened political statements from the camps of Godwin Obaseki and Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The fear of what the election may later turn out to has forced the United States to impose a visa ban on Kogi and Bayelsa election riggers.

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In what is considered as a way to checkmate rigging in the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states, the US government said it imposed the visa restriction on some people as a warning that the country would never recognise malpractices in Nigeria.

Morgan Ortagus, spokesperson for the Department of State, made the disclosure in a statement on her Twitter page on Monday, September 14.

It has now been revealed that the list of those US slammed with the visa ban contained names of officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and some bigwigs in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC).

Edo and Ondo election: INEC staff, APC, PDP, bigwigs on US visa ban list
INEC staff, APC, PDP, bigwigs have been revealed to be on US visa ban list. Credit: Daily Sun.
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According to Daily Sun, the list has the name of the resident electoral commissioner of INEC, three governors, academics (names withheld) who participated in general elections between 2019 and some security officials.

Similarly, prominent Nigerians, top members of APC and PDP including lawmakers were also added to the list of the electoral offenders.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that PDP has praised the United States over the ban and visa restriction on some individuals for their involvement in electoral malpractice.

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.

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