Following within the heels of sanctions on election riggers in Nigeria by the USA of America, USA, the UK, UK, embassy in Nigeria has additionally threatened to sanction anybody linked to election violence within the build-up to, and through elections in Edo and Ondo states.
In an announcement on Tuesday, by way of its Twitter deal with, the UK stated it’s going to ship observers for the upcoming elections in each states and may contemplate restrictions on travels to the UK, entry to UK-based property and prosecution.
It tweeted: “As all of us rebuild from #COVID19, international locations should proceed to embrace the tenets of #Democracy – Transparency, responsiveness and accountability.
“We stay up for seeing peaceable #Edo and #Ondo states elections, the place the mandate of the individuals is revered and guarded.”
The embassy additionally stated Catriona Laing, UK Excessive Commissioner to Nigeria, has met with leaders of All Progressives Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Celebration, PDP, throughout which she known as for a hitch-free election.
The assertion learn: “As a pal and associate of Nigeria we’re intently following the lead as much as the off-cycle governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states scheduled for September 19 and October 10 respectively.
“These elections are essential, each as a necessary aspect of efficient governance inside each states and an indicator of the energy of Nigeria’s democratic establishments.
“We shall be deploying commentary missions to each the Edo and Ondo elections and supporting civil society led commentary.
“The UK takes a powerful stand in opposition to election-related violence and, simply as we did within the normal election in 2019, will proceed to take motion in opposition to people we determine as being accountable for violence in the course of the elections.
“This might embody restrictions on their eligibility to journey to the UK, restrictions on entry to UK primarily based property or prosecution below worldwide legislation.
As all of us rebuild from #COVID19, international locations should proceed to embrace the tenets of #Democracy – Transparency, responsiveness & Accountability. We stay up for seeing peaceable #Edo and #Ondo states elections, the place the mandate of the individuals is revered and guarded. pic.twitter.com/qfK1a4xnCh
— UK in Nigeria🇬🇧 (@UKinNigeria) September 15, 2020