Sanction APC Leaders for Assault on Democracy, PDP Urges Biden

Following the United States lifting of immigration visa restrictions on regular Nigerians, the main opposition party in Nigeria, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended President Joe Biden for this act but urged him to impose firm sanctions on leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and officials of the Buhari administration involved in acts of corruption, patronizing of terrorists, and undermining the nation’s democracy.

The party also entreated the new US leader to take drastic measures to freeze the assets of such APC leaders and officials of the Buhari administration in the United States, while ensuring that the lifting of visa ban does not extend to such individuals.

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A statement revealed by the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan on Sunday urges him to look into the records, especially the report of the Department of State and note the litany of infractions on the nation’s polity by APC leaders and officials of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

The opposition party wants President Biden to act on the report of the Department of State detailing cases of human right abuse, arbitrary and extra-judicial killings, illegal arrests, detention, torture, shooting and killing of voters, massacring of peaceful protesters as witnessed in the EndSARS protests as well as other atrocious crime against humanity under the Buhari-led APC administration which were also reported by the Amnesty International (AI) and Transparency International (TI).

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It also urges President Biden to offer support in saving Nigeria’s democracy by enforcing firm sanctions on APC leaders and their agents in Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and the judiciary, who openly undermined our democracy by manipulating elections, deploying thugs and security operatives to unleash violence to rig elections in Kano, Ondo, Kaduna, Katsina, Ekiti, Niger, Plateau, Rivers and Kogi states among others.

Furthermore, the PDP urges President Biden to assist the country in the recovery of over N15 trillion stolen by APC leaders including the N9.6 trillion detailed in the leaked NNPC report as well as the over N6 trillion stolen in various ministries, agencies and departments of government under the Buhari administration.

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The party added that President Biden should also impress it on President Buhari to end the corruption in his government, stop the looting spree bedeviling his administration and direct his party and its leaders to get ready to peacefully exit the stage in 2023, through a credible and fair election, having failed on all fronts.

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