Richard Ginika Izuora
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has hailed the U.S. for the imposition of a visa ban on those undermining Nigeria’s democracy and the electoral process.
The party gave the commendation in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary; Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Tuesday, September 15.
Ologbondiyan urged the U.S. Department of State to include family members and assets of such anti-democratic agents; who had destroyed the credibility of Nigeria’s electoral process.
He urged the U.S. to also invite the European Union as well as other nations; particularly the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Saudi Arabia to impose similar sanctions on electoral violators; who he said were bent on destroying Nigeria’s democracy.
“The PDP further demands an extension of the ban to families as well as confiscation of assets of such individuals.
“This is to serve as a stronger deterrent to protect innocent Nigerians who are left to bear the brunt of the misdeed of such unpatriotic persons,” he said.
Ologbondiyan said that the visa ban, if taken across the globe, would be a final warning to political leaders; as well as compromised security and electoral officials being used to perpetrate electoral violence and manipulations. He added that it was instructive to note that the announcement by the U.S. was an unambiguous cautionary to those plotting to use violence to undermine the sanctity of the Edo and Ondo state governorship elections.
Ologbondiyan stated that the U.S. ban was, therefore, firm support to the PDP; over its stiff resistance to plots by those who had been overheating the polity in Edo; especially with serial attacks on other political parties.
He said it was a warning on those assembling thugs, cultists; as well as fake policemen who had been instructed to invade polling centres to unleash violence and undermine the electoral process.
Ologbondiyan advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and all security agencies to note that the world was watching; urging them to act by the rules.
“The PDP, in commending the U.S., urges Nigerians, particularly in Edo and Ondo states to remain at alert and strengthen their resolve by voting and firmly defending their votes from the polling and collation centres to the final declaration of results.
“This should be done with the determination to unbridle the instrument of resistance to anybody at all who attempts to undermine their will at any level of the process,” he added.