The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the February 23 election, Atiku Abubakar, has said that the current travel ban imposed by the United States on some politicians in Nigeria has validated his claim that the presidential election was rigged in favour of the All Progressives Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former Vice President in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Paul Ibe, on Wednesday, said he had maintained after the presidential election that the poll was not credible. He further alleged that the leadership under Buhari and his allies engaged in propaganda to deny that the election was rigged.
According to him, after many months of allegedly living in denial, the Buhari administration is now faced with the truth in the form of a US visa ban on politicians who undermined Nigeria’s democracy.
The United States had on Tuesday announced the imposition of visa restrictions on Nigerians it accused of trying to undermine democracy at this year’s general elections. Atiku said the above statement supported his position that the 2019 elections were ‘undermined by the actions of state actors and institutions.
He urged Nigerians not to despair, adding that the myriad of security, economic and social challenges Nigeria currently faces will soon be over, with the prospect of purposeful and result-oriented leadership.