The Labour Party on Thursday said the recent statement by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on grabbing power in 2023 may lead to widespread violence.
Chief Spokesperson of the Labour Party, LP, presidential campaign council, Yunusa Tanko in a statement cautioned that Tinubu’s speech in a London restaurant is capable of propelling massive violence in 2023 general elections.
It said that the APC presidential made the assertion in a London restaurant while addressing his supporters in the diaspora and the video is in the public domain.
Tanko who made this disclosure in an interview with journalists in Abuja after carefully examining Tinubu’s speech where he declared that political power should be “grabbed and you run away with it.
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Leaked video shows Bola Tinubu urging his supporters to go by any means possible to snatch power come 2023.
This is his trademark, but it seems he hasn't gotten the memo. pic.twitter.com/m8gpLD9gMT
— Kowa Ishaku Yahaya (@Yahaya_IV) December 8, 2022
The LP Chief Spokesman said “this coming from a presidential candidate is too unpresidential gentlemen of the press, how can a man who wants to govern over 200million Nigerians use such words, ” Tanko wondered.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate to go to a civilised clime and start talking about power grabbing in a UK restaurant for that matter and I very much doubt whether the APC presidential candidate has even bothered to sign the peace accord for 2003 polls.
“If he has done it, then his vituperations on grabbing power come what may is uncalled for because this is capable of making his supporters have that mindset on using violence to deliver votes.
“Elections must be conducted in violence free environment and Tinubu saying things like this is really unpalatable barely three months to the presidential election.
“It’s saddening to hear one of us the most experienced politicians in Nigeria talking in this manner and people were clapping and hailing him.”