US govt imposes visa ban on individuals who rigged elections in Kogi, Bayelsa States.

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The Government of the United States of America has imposed a Visa ban on politicians, who it claimed rigged the November 2019 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

This is coming at a time the Edo governorship poll is few days away, 19 September, and also the October 2020 governorship poll in Ondo.

The Department of State spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

“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 State elections and in the run-up to the September and October 2020 Edo and Ondo State elections,” the statement read in part.

It added that these individuals whose identities were not revealed, “operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and have undermined democratic principles.”

It said the ban was in furtherance of its commitment to strengthening democracy in Nigeria.

 

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