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Edo 2020: Lawmaker hails US over visa ban on electoral offenders

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Honourable Tajudeen Yusuf representing Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal constituency of Kogi State in the House of Representatives has commended the United States over the visa ban on some alleged electoral offenders.

In an interview on Thursday, the federal lawmaker also asked the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK), and other developed nations to ban the blacklisted electoral offenders from going abroad.

Yusuf also warned the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, not to conduct an inconclusive election in Saturday’s Edo governorship election, noting that if it happens, it will ruin the image of the electoral body.

He also lamented that there had been many inconclusive elections within the last five years, urging INEC to forestall such occurrence ahead of the 2023 general elections.

He said, “PDP members are joining Edo State people and all true democrats across Nigeria to call upon the US, the EU, UK and all other countries to insist that there must be no repeat of the APC’s trick in Osun State where they casually engineered an ‘inconclusive election’ to manipulate and win through the back door.

“We shall continue to commend the USA for wielding the big stick against those who played inglorious, despicable roles in the violent rape of democracy during Kogi State’s last governorship election. The replication of such visa bans by the EU, UK and other developed countries will tame APC leaders’ penchant for foreign trips and further reassure Nigerian democrats.

“All through the PDP regime, from May 1999 to May 2015, only one inconclusive election was recorded but sadly just between May 2015, and now, the APC leadership has given Nigeria twenty-two inconclusive elections, with clear suspicions of its inclination towards having more of such anti-democratic accomplishments.”

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