- Reactions continue to trail the recent action of the United States government concerning election offenders in Nigeria
- The U.S government had announced a visa ban on some politicians, notably from the ruling APC
- A member of the House of Representatives has applauded the action of the U.S government
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Honourable Tajudeen Yusuf, member representing Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency of Kogi state has applauded the United States of America visa ban on some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Yusuf, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Thursday, September 17, said the European Union, United Kingdom and other developed nations need to consider following suit immediately.
The federal lawmaker lamented that while the PDP’s 16 years’ leadership produced only one inconclusive election, the supposedly pro-people APC has produced 22 inconclusive elections within five years.
“PDP members are joining Edo state people and all true democrats across Nigeria to call upon the United States, the EU, UK and all other countries to insist that there must be no repeat of the APC’s trick in Osun state where they casually engineered an ‘inconclusive election’ to manipulate and win through the back door.
“We shall continue to commend the USA for wielding the big stick against those who played inglorious, despicable roles in the violent rape of democracy during Kogi state’s last governorship elections; replication of such visa ban by the EU, UK and other developed countries will tame APC leaders’ penchant for foreign trips and further reassure Nigerian democrats.”
“All through the PDP years from May 1999 to May 2015, only one inconclusive election was recorded but sadly just between May 2015 and now, the APC leadership has given Nigeria twenty-two inconclusive elections, with clear suspicions of its inclination towards having more of such anti-democratic accomplishments.”
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Expressing sadness that those who rose to power while spreading propagandist illusion of being populists have now disconnected themselves from citizens, he urged the judiciary to rise to the historical occasion.
“Official deafness to voices of reason has inspired worsening mass resentment and a widening call for regionalism and even, dismemberment of the nation.
“We pray they begin to learn to listen instead of insulting eminent voices and threatening others; Nigerians are being annihilated by economic misery, bandits and herdsmen from Mali, Niger and elsewhere wantonly murder people in farms and appointees of government routinely disparage constructive criticism as if the people have now forfeited all democratic rights.”
Honourable Yusuf had earlier berated the federal government for increasing the pump price of petrol and electricity tariff.
The federal lawmaker stated that with the simultaneous hike in the prices of fuel and electricity, the woes of millions of Nigerians have been further compounded.
According to him, instead of celebrating Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary in a few weeks, “the APC federal government has taken steps to ensure that too many citizens will further wallow in miserable poverty and depression.”
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