PDP to Biden: sanction corrupt officials, party officials for alleged violations

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Joe Biden to sanction some government officials and leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for alleged corruption, criminal infractions and human rights violations.

In a statement on Sunday by its spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan, the party accused the unnamed officials of patronising terrorists and undermining the nation’s democracy.

The opposition party therefore urged President Biden to take drastic measures to freeze the assets of such APC leaders and government officials in the United States (U.S.)

It also urged U.S. President to exclude such individuals for the lifting of visa ban.

The statement reads: “Now that President Biden has settled down to work, our party urges him to look into the records, especially the report of the Department of State and note the litany of infractions on our polity by APC leaders and government officials.

“President Biden is invited to act on the report of the Department of State detailing cases of human right abuse, arbitrary and extra-judicial killings, illegal arrests, detention, torture, shooting and killing of voters, massacring of peaceful protesters as witnessed in the EndSARS protests as well as other atrocious crime against humanity…which were also reported by the Amnesty International (AI) and Transparency International (TI).

“Moreover, our party urges President Biden to offer support in saving our democracy by enforcing firm sanctions on APC leaders and their agents in Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and the judiciary, who openly undermined our democracy by manipulating elections, deploying thugs and security operatives to unleash violence to rig elections in Kano, Ondo, Kaduna, Katsina, Ekiti, Niger, Plateau, Rivers and Kogi states among others.”

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