Timi Frank

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank on Friday urged the United States to ensure that the wives and children of politicians restricted from entering the country are included in the list of affected personalities.

The Political activist also stated that some military personnel brazenly took an active role in the manipulation of the 2019 electoral process to achieve predetermined objectives hence should not be left unpunished.

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Concise News had earlier reported that the US Government had during the week announced the imposition of visa restrictions on “individuals responsible for undermining the Nigerian democratic process.”

Frank appealed to the United Kingdom, European Union and other advanced democratic countries, who made similar promises before the elections, to emulate the step already taken by the American government.

However, he commended the U.S. government for the step taken, added that making public the names and political parties of those affected would not be a bad idea so as to discourage such undemocratic practices in future elections.

He further appealed to the US, UK and EU to keep their eyes on the judges handling cases in the election petitions tribunal and Supreme Court to ensure that those found wanting are sanctioned with a visa ban.

He called on the judiciary to take note of the US visa ban on Nigerian politicians and be guided to do the needful in the ongoing election petition cases in the courts.

“I must commend the US for living up to expectation as promised before the 2019 general elections. The visa ban on yet to be named persons have clearly shown that the outcome of the last presidential election was manipulated. I urge the governments of the United Kingdom, the European Union, and other democratic nations to emulate the recent step taken by the American government.

“More importantly, the international community should show more interest in the ongoing election tribunal cases in Nigeria, most especially the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal and the Supreme Court. The U.S. government should not hesitate to sanction judges who dare compromise the wishes of the people as freely expressed during the 2019 general elections.

“It is also important that the Chief of Army Staff and other military officers who took part in rigging the said election should not go free. They should be banned also to sound a note of warning to other military officers,” he said.

Frank, therefore, challenged politicians, especially of the ruling party, to apply for American visa now for them to ascertain if their names are on the list of those affected by the U.S. visa ban.