Visa restriction on election offenders should be extended – Frank
Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC, Timi Frank has applauded the United States government for their decision to place a visa restriction on the individuals that caused violence in Kogi and Bayelsa states election.
He said that the decision should be extended to other stakeholders, Judges, INEC officials, security agencies, and political party chieftains who took part in the action.
Frank said this on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, in a press statement in Abuja stating that the visa restriction would be a key to the restoration of Nigerian democracy and should be extended to any defaulter in the upcoming election in Edo and Ondo states.
“The US Government must be commended for this move, which is in furtherance of its commitment to strengthening democracy in Nigeria as it would help checkmate individuals who have operated with impunity at the expense of the generality of the Nigerian populace.
“This visa restrictions should also be extended to recalcitrant Judges, INEC officials, security agencies, and political party chieftains who aided and abetted the rigging of the Kogi and Bayelsa States governorship elections while those who perpetrate similar crimes in the Edo and Ondo polls should not be spared.
“For our democracy to survive, all true lovers of democracy must ensure that the elections in Edo and Ondo states produce genuine leaders who will pilot the affairs of these two states,” Frank pointed out.
The Bayelsa-born politician has also urged other countries to emulate the action of the United States and extend it to other leaders who jeopardize with Nigerian election to help strengthen the democracy in Nigeria.
Frank has always frowned at election rigging, and according to a report from the Leadership, he once said that election riggers are enemies of Nigeria as their actions are partly responsible for the insecurity, poverty, and social dislocation in the country.
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