Former governor of Edo State and ex-National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, is among top Nigerians banned by the United States government from entering the US citing electrical violence according to Sahara Reporters.

It has also been learnt that Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and Kogi governor, Yahaya Bello, are also affected by the ban imposed by the US government.

Sadly, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna had his own visa ban extended, it is alleged that he had been banned from entering the US since 2010 over a graft case.

US officials said more Nigerian politicians are likely to be included if the Edo governorship election engages in electoral malpractice.

Those affected by the latest visa ban have received notification by email and or text messages, it was learnt.

A statement by spokesperson for the Department of State, Morgan Ortagus, on Monday said those issued visa bans received the sanction for undermining democracy in Nigeria.

It reads,

“In July 2019, we announced the imposition of visa restrictions on Nigerians who undermined the February and March 2019 elections. Today, the Secretary of State is imposing additional visa restrictions on individuals for their actions surrounding the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa states elections and in the run up to the September and October 2020 Edo and Ondo states elections.

“These individuals have so far operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and have undermined democratic principles.

“The Department of State emphasises that the actions announced today are specific to certain individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people. This decision reflects the Department of State’s commitment to working with the Nigerian Government to realise its expressed commitment to end corruption and strengthen democracy, accountability, and respect for human rights.”

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