United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Others, Receive Petition To Place Visa Ban On The 80 Senators Who Voted Against The Electronic Transmission Of Election Results, And Take Urgent Action To Save Nigeria’s Democracy

The Democracy Vanguard of Nigeria in Diaspora, DVND, has written to the United States of America, USA, through its Nigerian Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard, asking the US Authorities to place visa ban on the Senators who voted against the electronic transmission of election results in Nigeria, in future elections, Page 36 learnt.

Others included in the letter are the United Kingdom, UK, European Union, EU, African Union, Canada, and all Ally countries.

The group also asked President Muhammadu Buhari to withhold his assent on any Electoral Act Amendment Bill that does not support the transmission of election results electronically.

The letter signed by the President of the DVND, Timothy Sule, and made available to Newsmen, in Abuja, said that the 80 Senators include the 52 that voted against electronic transmission of election results, and the 28 Senators that were absent at the Red Chamber on the voting day.

The DVND described the “action” of the Senators as shameful, disdainful, and reprehensible, adding that, “it smacks of a clear contempt for the Nigerian people”.

The letter which contains the names of the 80 Senators read in part:

“We call on the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Canada, African Union, and all Ally countries, to take urgent actions to nip this brewing conflagration in the bud, before it consumes the nation and create a massive refugee crisis in the world.”

“In the meantime, we have attached names of all those legislators who played one role or the other in the suppression and undermining democracy in Nigeria for a visa ban. Their family members shall not be spared of the impending visa ban as well. 

“In closing, we at Democracy Vanguard of Nigeria in Diaspora (DVND) are willing to be of assistance where applicable to help realize our request for the protection of democratic norms and the sanctity of all electoral processes in Nigeria.

“We condemn in strong terms those who are bent on seeing Nigeria on her kneels through the façade of an election process that is characterized by manipulations and mishandlings by those who should be the true custodians of the process.  

“We would like to commend the very few progressive opposition legislators in the Senate and the House of Representatives as led by Senator Ehinanya Abaribe and Ndidi Elumelu respectively who stood for Nigeria when the occasion demanded.  

“Those who exempted themselves from the chambers without a valid reason are equally reprimanded and condemned. Those who were conspicuously absent are no better than those who shot the amendment down with their selfish and insensitive agenda. Nigerians now know the true enemies of your great country and at the appropriate time, they will receive in equal measures.”  

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