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Events again US visa ban on election riggers

The ruling All Progressives Congress and opposition Peoples Democratic Occasion have described the choice of the USA to put visa restrictions on some Nigerians accused of undermining democracy as a welcome improvement.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, who disclosed the choice in an announcement on Wednesday, mentioned the sanctioned people, whose names he didn’t reveal, shall be ineligible for US visas.

The highest-ranking diplomat additionally defined that some relations of these barred from the US may be subjected to the identical restriction.

The assertion learn, “We’re dedicated to supporting and advancing democracy in Nigeria and all over the world. As we speak, I’m saying visa restrictions on particular people in Nigeria for undermining the democratic course of in a current Nigerian election.

“Below Part 212(a)(3)C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, these people shall be discovered ineligible for visas to the USA beneath a coverage to limit visas of these believed to be accountable for, or complicit in, undermining Democracy in Nigeria.

“Sure relations of such individuals may be topic to those restrictions. Extra individuals who undermine the democratic course of in Nigeria—together with within the lead-up to, throughout, and following Nigeria’s 2023 elections—could also be discovered ineligible for US visas beneath this coverage.”

Blinken clarified that the visa restriction was not focused on the Nigerian folks or the federal government.

I’ve described it as a mirrored image of the US authorities’s dedication to supporting Nigeria’s aspiration to fight corruption and strengthen democracy and the rule of legislation.

“The visa restrictions introduced at the moment are particular to sure people and should not directed on the Nigerian folks or the Authorities of Nigeria. The choice to impose visa restrictions displays the dedication of the USA to assist Nigerian aspirations to fight corruption and strengthen democracy and the rule of legislation,” the assertion mentioned.

Talking solely with The PUNCH, the Director of Publicity of the APC, Bala Ibrahim, mentioned the social gathering frowned at something able to threatening democracy within the nation and welcomed sanctions towards anybody discovered responsible.

“Our chairman was within the Nationwide Meeting as a Senator when the controversy on electoral reforms was ongoing within the Crimson Chamber and he participated actively. The result of these reforms is the Electoral Act 2022 which each and every lover of democracy is happy with at the moment

“The social gathering which drove that course of can’t be a part of any transfer to undermine democracy. So, we welcome this information completely,” he mentioned.

The Nationwide Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, mentioned the social gathering had been calling for such sanctions.

He mentioned, “This (sanction) is what we’ve been saying in our press conferences for years. In our conferences with the European Union, native and overseas election observer missions, our place has remained the identical. We’re dedicated to credible elections in Nigeria and in all places on this planet.

“Election riggers should not go unpunished. It ought to even transcend visa restrictions. Nigerians are eagerly ready to elect their new leaders and no one ought to stand of their means.”

On his half, spokesman of the Labor Occasion Presidential Marketing campaign Council, Tanko Yunusa, additionally lauded the US for taking steps to checkmate the actions of the “enemies” of Nigeria who’re bent on having issues carried out their means.

“The Labor Occasion may be very happy with this step and we urge different members of the worldwide group to observe go well with. Election riggers should not be allowed to have a say in our democracy. Elections should not a do-or-die matter however the enemies of our democracy need the world to mock and taunt us,” he mentioned.

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