The Kogi state government has reacted to the Visa ban placed on some politicians, including the state Governor, Yahaya Bello by the government of the United States of America over accusations of electoral violence in the state.
In a letter of protest addressed to the US Ambassador to Nigeria by the Secretary to Kogi Government, Mrs Folashade Arike, Governor Yahaya Bello justified his victory in the governorship elections.
Though the state government said the letter of protest was not written to challenge the visa bans, it stated that the letter was rather to register the strongest protest possible as a State to the collateral and unwarranted interference in its political and social processes.
The Kogi state government noted that incidents of electoral challenges were limited to a few polling units adding that larger portions of the ballot were free, fair and credible given the composite analyses of the records of official, media and observers who monitored the November 16, 2019 polls.
While expressing regret and disappointment over the visa ban, it stressed that the move has further reignited the already dying embers of discord around the Kogi State Gubernatorial Elections of 2019.
According to the letter of protest, a few political parties and individuals who alleged widespread electoral malpractices had challenged the outcome in court in line with the Nigerian law.
Meanwhile, the government stated that its concern is not the prerogative of the United States of America to impose entry restrictions on anyone, for any or no reason at all but the timing of the press statement that was issued by the U.S government.
The state government, however, described the press statement issued as unacceptable noting that the U.S government should have created room for a fair hearing if indeed the visa ban is about democracy and human rights as claimed.
It added that the partisan speculations as to who is indicted has electrified the merchants of fake news.
You will recall that Everyevery.ng had reported that Governor Yahaya Bello, former governor Adams Oshiomole and some other politicians were listed among the people affected by the visa restriction.