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Ondo gov poll: UK, US asked to impose visa ban on politicians involved in rigging

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called on the United States and the United Kingdom governments to impose a visa ban on political stakeholders involved in any form of rigging during the Ondo State governorship election slated for Saturday.

HURIWA made the call on Thursday while applauding the UK, US, embassies in Nigeria for taking measures to help reform the electoral system in the country.

National Coordinator of the right group, Emmanuel Onwubiko, stated this in a statement he forwarded made available to the media Thursday.

According to HURIWA: “We specifically urge the UK and US embassies to follow through with their threats to impose visa ban on the electoral officials if the weekend’s Ondo State governorship election is undermined.”

The group further urged voters to resist any attempt by politicians to entice them into any form of violence.

The statement added: “HURIWA hereby appeals to young voters in Ondo State never to accept to be lured into becoming political thugs in the state for any politician because their future should be uppermost in their minds and in their calculations. The youths who are approached to take up arms for politicians should ask the politicians to bring their own biological children and to stop attempting to destroy their future.”

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The frontline rights group said the youths are saddled with the responsibility of ensuring a peaceful governorship election on Saturday.

HURIWA further asked the youths to demand that children of politicians should lead violence if asked to cause mayhem during the Saturday’s gubernatorial poll.


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