Names Of Nigeria Election Riggers Banned From Entering United States
Recall that the United States (US) Government on Monday slammed a visa banned to some of the Nigeria politicians for their roles in rigging elections and undermining democratic free and fair elections in the country.
The former governor of Edo State and ex-National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, is among top Nigerians slammed with a visa ban by the United States Government on Monday.
In the list also are Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and Kogi governor, Yahaya Bello, are among those affected by the latest US sanction, it was gathered.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna, on the other hand, had his own visa ban extended.
He has been banned from entering the US since 2010 over a graft case.
According to US officials, more Nigerian politicians may be included on the visa ban list after the Edo governorship election if they are involved in electoral malpractice.
Those affected by the latest visa ban have received notification by email and or text messages, it was learnt.
A statement by a spokesperson for the Department of State, Morgan Ortagus, on Monday said those issued visa bans received the sanction for undermining democracy in Nigeria.
The statement read thus, “In July 2019, we announced the imposition of visa restrictions on Nigerians who undermined the February and March 2019 elections. Today, the Secretary of State is imposing additional visa restrictions on individuals for their actions surrounding the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa states elections and in the run up to the September and October 2020 Edo and Ondo states elections.
“These individuals have so far operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and have undermined democratic principles.