Sanction APC leaders for corruption, assault on democracy – PDP appeals to Biden
Hails US President For Lifting Immigration Visa Restrictions on Regular Nigerians
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged US President Joe Biden to impose firm sanctions on leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and officials of the Buhari administration involved in acts of corruption, patronising of terrorists, and undermining Nigeria’s democracy.
It said that such sanctions must be extended to the administration’s enablers in the judiciary, security agencies, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The party made the appeal in a Sunday statement while commending Biden for lifting the immigration visa restrictions on regular Nigerians.
PDP 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.
“Now that President Biden has settled down to work, our party urges him to look into the records, especially the report of the Department of State and note the litany of infractions on our polity by APC leaders and officials of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
“President Biden is invited 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).
“Moreover, our party urges President Biden to offer support in saving our 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,” the statement read in part.
PDP noted that, in Kogi, “security agents were deployed to shoot and kill voters, cart away ballot boxes, while police helicopter was deployed to fire tear gas on innocent Nigerians, burnt an innocent woman to death, altered election result figures to declared themselves winners”.
The party stressed that such sanctions should be extended to all individuals who participated or benefited in the “undermining of the Imo state governorship election at the Supreme Court, where a person, who was not a candidate in the election was suddenly declared winner, after which brute force was used to subdue the people”.