By Andy Chukwu
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, has stated that announcement by the United States that it was placing visa restriction on some Nigerians has vindicated his claim that the elections were rigged.
Atiku in a statement said the decision was a welcome development just as he said the US decision vindicates him and described the 2019 presidential election as a “daylight robbery.”
He accused the All Progressives Congress-led federal government of using propaganda to “deny the obvious.”
“It seems that day has come. After many months of living in denial, the Buhari regime is now faced with the truth in the form of a US visa ban on politicians who undermined Nigeria’s democracy.”
The US State Department, through its spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus, on Wednesday, said it had placed visa ban on some Nigerians who “operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights.”
The US did not name any individuals to be affected by the visa ban nor made any comment in relation to the presidential election results.
Atiku is currently challenging President Buhari’s victory at the election tribunal and recently closed his case. Three respondents are expected to open their defence on July 29.