Visa Ban: Include military officers, wives, children of election riggers, Frank urges U.S.
Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has urged the U.S. to ensure that the wives and children of the affected persons are included in the list of personalities banned from entering the country.
The call came against the backdrop of the declaration by the government of United States of America of a visa ban against some Nigerian politicians involved in the alleged rigging of the 2019 general elections.
According to him, some military personnel brazenly took active role in the manipulation of the 2019 electoral process to achieve predetermined objectives and therefore, they should not be left unpunished.
Frank, who is now a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a statement appealed to the government of United Kingdom, European Union and other advanced democratic nations who made similar promises before the elections to emulate the step already taken by the American government.
He commended the U.S. government for the step it has taken, adding 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 appealed to the U.S., UK and EU to keep their eyes on the Judges handling cases in the election petitions tribunal and Supreme Court, especially the presidential election, to ensure that those found wanting are sanctioned with a visa ban.
“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.
The political activist therefore challenged politicians, especially members of the ruling party, to apply for American visa now to ascertain if their names are on the list of those affected by U.S. visa ban.