The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on international community to impose travel ban on President Muhammadu Buhari after handover.
The president had on Thursday when he received the APC governors at his residence in the State House cited overconfidence and bad tactical moves as some of the reasons opposition parties lost the election.
While reacting, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, at a press conference on Friday, insisted that the candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, did not lose the presidential election as declared by the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu.
The PDP spokesperson maintained that the president’s comment against the opposition parties indicated that he undermined the importance of democracy.
He, therefore, called on the international community to impose visa and travel ban restrictions on Mr Buhari after handing over to the incoming government.
“The PDP in clear terms tells President Buhari and his APC that our party and candidate, Atiku Abubakar clearly won the February 25, 2023 presidential election as shown by the authentic results from the majority of Polling Units across the country,” he said.
“The PDP did not lose the Presidential election as claimed by President Buhari and we are not willing to surrender the mandate freely given to our party by the people irrespective of the threats, bullying and manipulation by the APC-led administration.
“Nigerians believed and expected President Buhari to leave a legacy of a free, fair and credible election based on his numerous undertakings and promises but he is leaving an ignoble, dishonourable and disgraceful legacy of enabling and superintending over the worst election conducted in the history of democracy in Nigeria.
“Having clearly undermined democracy in Nigeria, the PDP calls on the International Community to accordingly impose sanctions including Visa ban and travel restrictions on President Buhari and his family immediately after he vacates office on May 29, 2023.
“This demand for sanction is in line with President Buhari’s request on February 17, 2022, in Brussels, Belgium, wherein he called on the European Union (EU) to impose “weighty sanctions” on those engaged in “unconstitutional change of governments” as well as those influencing the “process and outcomes of elections”.