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Election protest at White House, Capitol grounds: US security alerted on plans of “APC thugs” – Organisers

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Washington, DC.

Saturday, April 1, 2023.

A United States of America (USA)-based group, the Nigerian American Coalition for Justice and Democracy (NACJD), has warned a group of All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters in the US against disrupting its protest holding on the grounds of the White House, the Capitol and the State Department tomorrow, Monday, April 3, 2023.

The protest is against the general elections of February 25 and March 18, 2023, which the organisation insists is flawed, and which has been written off by several local and foreign election observers.

The group, in a statement titled “APC Activates their Thugs in the United States,” said that it (NACJD) has “tipped off the United States Capitol Police and other security agencies” about the alleged plot to cause crisis during its peaceful protest, which is aimed at drawing the attention of the US authorities to the irregularities in the elections and to submit to US officials the list of those it has identified as enemies of democracy in the country who worked to subvert the will of the Nigerian electorate.

Insisting that no form of violence or intimidation would be allowed anywhere near their protests, the group urged the US government and Nigerians to shun politicians, “like Ahmed Bola Tinubu,” Presidential Candidate of the APC, who they allege are indicted, “stole the mandate of Nigerians” or “deployed ethnic and tribal sentiments in politics to derail the current move by young people to return Nigeria to the comity of developed and progressive countries.”

They also called on the US government “to activate the US Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Sanction on Ahmed Bola Tinubu.”

In the statement, NACJD said that it is “aware that thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC-USA) are sharing a document on social media purportedly granting them permission to conduct a protest on Monday, April 3, 2023 near the White House, at the time the Nigerian-American Coalition for Justice and Democracy led protest is taking place.

“In the last few days, these thugs have coordinated a series of media attacks on our organization. They have also asked their counterparts in Nigeria to make threatening calls to our leaders, here in the USA from Nigeria.

“We like to put it on record that we shall not allow APC to bring their thuggery, street urchin-life and banditry to the United States.

“We warn that APC thugs are not allowed anywhere near our peaceful protest near the White House, Capitol, State Department and the National Press Club.

“We have therefore tipped off the United States Capitol Police and other security agencies. We shall uproot any APC thug that tries to raise any form of violence or intimidation during our protest.

“We call on the United States government to shun Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the same one convicted of narcotics trafficking in Chicago who stole the mandate of Nigerians. And to activate the US Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Sanction on Ahmed Bola Tinubu.

“We call on all Nigerians to resist any attempt by mischievous politicians like Mr. Ahmed Bola Tinubu who deployed ethnic and tribal sentiment in politics to derail the current move by young people to return Nigeria to the comity of developed and progressive countries.

“The NACJD is a non-partisan Washington, DC. Research and Good Governance advocacy non-profit organization in the United States. We educate the US Government, the Congress, and the policy-making community to influence US policies on Nigeria.”

 

 

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