Some individuals have been placed on US Visa Ban due to electoral malpractices. US officials have also announced that more Nigerian politicians may be also get the visa ban if they are involved in electoral malpractices during the upcoming Edo governorship election.
According to SaharaReporters, Adams Oshiomhole, A former governor of Edo State and the ex-National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, is among the Nigerians who got the visa ban by the United States Government on Monday. Kogi governor, Yahaya Bello, and Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje are also among those affected by this US sanction.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State had his visa ban extended. Due to a graft case, he has been banned from entering the US since 2010.
Morgan Ortagus, in a statement released on Monday said those issued visa bans received the sanction for undermining democracy in Nigeria.
It reads, “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.
“The Department of State emphasises that the actions announced today are specific to certain individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people. This decision reflects the Department of State’s commitment to working with the Nigerian Government to realise its expressed commitment to end corruption and strengthen democracy, accountability, and respect for human rights.”