The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has debunked claims that his party could resort to violence to win the coming elections. ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) does not have to engage in violence to win the forthcoming elections.
Tinubu, who doubles as the Co-Chairman of APC’s Presidential Campaign Council, said those making such allegations were merely afraid of impending defeat. The APC leader spoke to reporters after a meeting with traditional rulers from the South West in Abuja. The traditional rulers were led by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
He added that neither the party nor its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, wanted any Nigerian to be a victim of violence during the elections and therefore did not need any form of violence to win the election.
The traditional rulers were in attendance to drum support for a peaceful election.
Speaking on behalf of the APC, Tinubu said “we won’t encourage violent disruption of any election because we are confident of winning. Those who are crying wolf before the election have already accepted defeat before the election as far as I am concerned.
He also commented on the prolonged strife he had with former president. “They were taking away N250 million from our allocations every month for being innovative and creative. “Everywhere we turned, they rejected us and punished us. But we never gave up.
“Today, we are in that progressive development championed and led by President Muhammadu Buhari. Thank you for not looking back. Thank you for visiting and encouraging him.” Tinubu also spoke on his purported collapse on Monday after the inauguration of the APC Presidential Campaign Council. His words: “Fake news and whoever is manufacturing it, you better don’t believe them.”
He also described as negative and fake news, reports of the alleged boycott of the campaign council by APC governors. “The point is, the governors had to stay back home because we all don’t have to converge in one place to decide certain modalities when we can easily go back to them on what was discussed and what we expect from their states. That is what we call structuring in an election,” Tinubu explained.