In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 18th, September, 2020

Kogi Authorities Writes US Over Electoral Fraud Allegation (Full Textual content)

Kogi Government Writes US Over Electoral Fraud Allegation (Full Text)


Gov Yahaya Bello

The Kogi state authorities has written the USA Authorities over the electoral fraud allegation levelled towards it and visa ban to politicians accused of masterminding electoral violence within the state.

The Yahaya Bello-led administration justified its win within the governorship election by stating that opposition events didn’t show they gained the election in all courts the case went by.

The Kogi state authorities who famous that it’s not difficult the visa ban in any method, nonetheless protested towards US’ “collateral and unwarranted interference in its political and social processes.”

The letter written by the Secretary to Kogi Goverment, Mrs Folashade Arike and addressed to the US Ambassador to Nigeria learn;


16 September 2020

The Ambassador Of The US of America

Embassy of The US of America

1075 Diplomatic Drive

Central Enterprise District


Your Excellency,


1. I’ve been so directed by His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and I hereby make and ahead this Letter of Protest to you in respect of the issues contained in it.

2. The Kogi State Authorities grew to become conscious of a United States Authorities listing of people who obtained US visa restrictions for alleged electoral malpractices through a Press Assertion to that impact posted in your Embassy web site at In your personal phrases, the nonetheless unnamed people are cited as responsible of ‘acts of violence, intimidation, or corruption that harmed Nigerians and undermined the democratic course of.’ They’re additionally alleged to ‘have operated with impunity on the expense of the Nigerian individuals and undermined democratic ideas and human rights.’

Three. You additionally famous within the Assertion that the sanctions are derived from unspecified misconducts by the stated people which prolong from the February/March 2019 Basic Elections in Nigeria by the off-cycle November 2019 gubernatorial elections in Kogi and Bayelsa to the as but unheld governorship contests in Edo and Ondo States. Please observe that for the needs of this protest letter we’re solely within the citations to the extent that they’re referable to Kogi State and her residents.

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four. For essentially the most half, we concede that elections in Nigeria are advanced affairs which can proceed to require enhancements for the foreseeable future. The 2019 Kogi State Gubernatorial Election was additionally not with out its challenges. Nevertheless, it is usually crystal clear from essential and composite analyses of the information (official, media, observers, and many others) of the November 16, 2020 polls that regrettable incidents had been restricted to some polling models, whereas the overwhelmingly bigger parts of the poll had been free, truthful and credible.

5. Additional, and in keeping with Nigerian regulation, the few political events and people who alleged widespread electoral malpractices had free rein to contest the end result in courtroom. They vigorously litigated their claims over a grueling 9-month interval, by a Three-step hierarchy of courts, to the inescapable conclusion on the Supreme Court docket of Nigeria that the stated elections satisfactorily complied with the Nigerian Structure and the Electoral Act.

6. Our concern proper now shouldn’t be the prerogative of the USA of America to impose entry restrictions on anybody, for any or no purpose in any respect, which prerogative stays unfettered, however the room for atrocious misinformation which the timing of your Press Assertion and the point out of the Kogi elections therein has created in our state.

7. For the February and March 2019 Basic elections, your advisory got here out in July 2019, lengthy earlier than the Supreme Court docket delivered her judgments within the petitions towards these elections, together with challenges to President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection. The presumption is that regardless of your intervention, the Supreme Court docket nonetheless found no benefit within the petitions and dismissed them accordingly.

eight. In our case, ie, Kogi State, you made the tactical choice to launch the replace shortly after the Supreme Court docket delivered judgments within the four petitions which made it earlier than her. Amongst a plethora of well-reasoned pronouncements the Apex Court docket dismissed the stated petitions for failing to show their allegations and for having no ‘scintilla of benefit’. The inference out of your timing is that the judgment is one way or the other tainted and didn’t meet the justice of the case, thereby casting aspersions, not solely on the Nigerian Judiciary, however on the second time period mandate freely bestowed on His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello by the great individuals of Kogi State.

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9. We discover this unacceptable, and we protest your presumption. The least you possibly can have accomplished, if certainly that is about democracy and human rights as claimed, is create room, irrespective of how slim, for truthful listening to. As it’s now, partisan hypothesis as to who’s indicted, who shouldn’t be and for what, has develop into cudgels, furiously swung within the media area by all comers. Your motion has due to this fact added ample grist to the hearsay mills and electrified the retailers of faux information.

10. For example, a United States based mostly weblog,, has made inflammatory publications during which they named His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, amongst others, as a particular recipient of your visa restriction. Although you have got named no names, accuracy is of no second to them, simply base political expediency, they usually quote unnamed US State Division sources to provide credibility to what’s in any other case unproven.

11. Additionally, different gamers within the Kogi political area, together with candidates and officers of opposition political events which misplaced the elections and couldn’t show their allegations in courtroom as aforesaid have now latched onto this motion, holding media conferences and making press releases, claiming that the USA has justified their wild allegations and conspiracy theories the place the courts and the executive quarters failed. That is totally regrettable.

12. Let or not it’s famous that we aren’t difficult your visa bans in any method, whoever they might have an effect on and for the way lengthy, however we do register the strongest protest potential as a State to the collateral and unwarranted interference in our political and social processes which it represents. You’ve reignited already dying embers of discord across the February/March Basic Elections and the November 16 Kogi State Gubernatorial Elections of 2019. This has invariably made our normal post-election obligation of reconciliation with fair-minded political opponents all of the extra more durable. We’re harm and dissatisfied.

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13. Digressing just a little past Kogi State to our contiguous states of Edo and Ondo, we want to recommendation typically that by so preemptively interfering of their elections, each of that are but to carry, occasions on floor since your publication point out that the USA has foisted on our political course of, not the anticipated warning or good behaviour by politicians which can have been your intent, however additional calcification of hardened attitudes, extra violent polemics, and elevated sabre-rattling.

 14. Even now each camp is making an attempt to spin your motion as proof of US assist for themselves and hostility to their opponents. Everybody concerned in these elections is now stoked with an aura of invincibility and hellbent on displaying all manners of outrageousness on election day to show their opponents the aggressors. In spite of everything, with sanctions looming over everybody just like the Sword of Damocles, each stakeholder, together with the safety businesses are on tenterhooks and fewer prone to be vigorous. We concern you will have accomplished our democracy extra hurt than good with this motion, and we contemplate it most unlucky certainly.

 15. In conclusion, we imagine that if the USA of America, regardless of her commanding heights and for much longer expertise because the acclaimed Bastion of Democracy on the planet, continues to be locked in a combat to defend the integrity of her personal electoral processes to this very day, then she must accord better empathy, extra civility and far much less disruption, to nascent democracies.

16. Please be assured of our excessive regards all the time.


Secretary to the Authorities of Kogi State.”


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