The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday commended the United States for its fresh imposition of Visa ban on those undermining democracy and electoral process.
The party in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, enjoined the United States Department of State to “include family members and assets of such anti-democratic agents who have destroyed the credibility of the electoral.”
“Our party urges the United States 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 are bent on destroying our democracy,” the PDP said.
The party further demanded an extension of the ban to the families as well as confiscation of assets of such individuals to serve as deterrent to protect innocent Nigerians who are left to bear the brunt of the misdeed of such unpatriotic persons.
“This Visa ban, if taken across the globe, would be a final warning to the leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC), as well as compromised security and INEC officials, being used by the APC to perpetrate electoral violence and manipulations.
“It is instructive to note that this announcement by the US, which reinforces the determination for resistance in Nigeria, is also an unambiguous cautionary to the sacked national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, the APC governorship candidates in Edo, Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his Ondo counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, over their plots to use violence to undermine the sanctity of the Edo and Ondo state governorship elections.
“Our party asserts that the position of the US Department of State is a confirmation that 2019 general elections, the November 2019 Kogi governorship election, as well as other elections under the Buhari regime were massively rigged with unrestrained violence against the people and rampant manipulations by the APC and their compromised security agents,” PDP added.
The party also stated that the world was aware of how their compatriots were killed and maimed in Kano and various parts of the nation in the 2019 elections; how collation of results was compromised by relations of APC candidates and how compromised security operatives were used to frustrate the will of the people.
“Without saying, Nigerians know the individuals who unleashed violence to rig the November 2019 Kogi state governorship election; who deployed thugs and security agents to shoot and kill voters, cart away ballot boxes, used police helicopter to fire tear gas on Nigerians, burnt an innocent woman, Mrs Salome Abuh, alive, altered election result figures to make themselves winners,” the PDP said.
The party said the US ban was a firm support to their stiff resistance to plots “by Oshiomhole and Ize-Iyamu, who have been overheating the polity in Edo state with serial attacks on other political parties while assembling thugs, cultists, fake policemen as well as their ‘tigers and lions’ who they publicly instructed to invade polling centers to unleash violence and undermine the electoral process.”
They said Nigerians were already aware of how the self-confessed APC militant and former APC chairman in the state, Isaac Kekemeke, boasted that the APC would use violence to rig the October 10 election in Ondo and that Governor Akeredolu was behind the violent political attacks rocking the state.
“It is instructive to note that after Kekemeke’s boast, INEC facility in Akure, Ondo state capital, was set ablaze, leading to the destruction of not less than 5141 card readers meant for the election were destroyed.
“Furthermore, Nigerians know the faces of INEC and security officials used as political mercenaries to manipulate elections in Kogi, Ekiti, Osun and other states. Our party vehemently rejects the deployment of same individuals to Edo and Ondo.
“The presence of such persons is an invitation to crisis as the people of Edo and Ondo will use every means available and allowed in a democracy to resist them,” PDP said.
The party charged INEC and all security agencies to note that the world was watching and as such should strive to act by the rules, knowing that “a shameful end awaits those who undermine the will of the people.:
The PDP also urged Nigerians, particularly in Edo and Ondo state, to remain at alert and strengthen their resolve by voting and firmly defending their votes from the polling and collation centers to the final declaration of results, “with the determination to unbridle the instrument of resistance to anybody, anybody at all, who attempts to undermine their will at any level of the process.”