The PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, describes the decision by the UK and the US to deny visa to politicians who instigate violence or are involved in electoral fraud in the general elections as a welcome development.
Atiku notes that he has been an advocate of a free and fair election where the people’s votes will count.
The PDP’s presidential candidate says the election is a referendum on the performance of the incumbent administration.
He stated that he has been an advocate of a free and fair election where the people’s votes will count, The Punch reports.
“The threat of the visa ban is a welcome development. We have been advocating a free and fair contest where the people’s votes will count. It is the government of the day that has been jittery and their subterranean moves are in the public space,” he said.
“This election is a referendum on the performance of the incumbent and you do need the services of a clairvoyant to hazard a guess as to what the outcome will be.”
Similarly, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) commended the UK and the US for resolving to sanction anyone caught interfering with the Nigerian general elections.
Imo Ugochinyere, the national spokesperson for the coalition in a statement in Abuja, said opposition parties were fully in support of the decision of the UK and the US to take actions against erring Nigerian politicians.
“We, the opposition parties, are in full support of this decision by the UK and the USA, the true gatekeepers of democracy,” the spokesperson for CUPP said.
Referring to the polls as being of grand importance to the entire African continent, both nations said that the repercussions may include visa restrictions.
The US mission in Nigeria in a statement said the conduct of the upcoming elections in Nigeria was important not only for Nigeria, but for the African continent. The British high commission in Nigeria on its part, reaffirmed its strong support for free, fair and peaceful elections in Nigeria.