The People’s Democratic Party’s presidential candidate in the February 23 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar said the travel restrictions imposed on politicians involved in U.S. electoral fraud have validated his statement that the poll was rigged in favor of All Progressive Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement by his media aide, Mr Paul Ibe, on Wednesday, the former vice president said he had maintained that the poll was rigged and not credible, insisting on winning the election.

He alleged that propaganda was being carried out by the APC, Buhari and his allies to deny that the election was rigged.

According to him, the Buhari administration faces the reality after many months of reportedly living in denial in the form of a US visa ban on politicians who have undermined Nigeria’s democracy.

He quoted U.S. State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus as stating, “We condemn those whose acts of violence, intimidation, or corruption have harmed or undermined Nigerians in the democratic process.

“The Secretary of State imposes visa restrictions on Nigerians who are believed to be accountable or complicit in undermining Nigeria’s democracy. These people operated with impunity at the cost of the Nigerian people and undermined the values of democracy and human rights.”

Atiku said the above statement was a proof of his view that “the actions of state actors and agencies undermined the 2019 elections.”

He added, “We would also like to thank the United States of America for standing with the people of Nigeria against those who want to shut down our democracy. We encourage the people of Nigeria not to despair. There is hope on the horizon.

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