A spokesperson of the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Yunusa Tanko, has condemned the speech on grabbing political power at all cost made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
Naija News reports that Tinubu, while addressing his supporters in diaspora in a London restaurant, had said that political power should be “grabbed”.
In a video that is now trending online, Tinubu said, “Political Power is not going to be served in a restaurant, it’s not served in A la carte. It’s what we’re doing. It’s being determined to do it. At all cost fight for it, grab it, snatch it.”
Reacting to the declaration from the APC flag bearer, Tanko, in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, said that it was unbecoming for a presidential candidate to make such a statement.
He said, “This coming from a presidential candidate is too unpresidential gentlemen of the press. How can a man who wants to govern over 200 million Nigerians use such words.
“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 vituperation 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.”
Tanko maintained that elections must be conducted in a violence free environment and Tinubu statement which was coming barely three month to the election was unpalatable.
“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,” he added.