APC National leader, Bola Tinubu, says he stands firmly with President Buhari on the directive to deal ruthlessly with ballot box snatchers during the election.
Recall that President Buhari on Tuesday, February 19th at an APC caucus meeting said he had given the police and the military the go-ahead to be ruthless with those that might want to disrupt the elections. President Buhari added that those that attempt to snatch ballot boxes during the election would do so at the expense of their lives.
Many Nigerians have reacted to President Buhari’s statement, most of which have condemned the statement with the argument that it is an open call for jungle justice.
Reacting to the ballot snatching statement, Tinubu at APC stakeholders meeting in Lagos yesterday February 20th, said he is in support of the statement. According to Tinubu, Ballot box snatching is similar to armed robbery. He called on parents to warn their children against electoral violence.
“We all heard what PMB directive on political thuggery, ballot boxes snatching, violence to the security personnel. He is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I’m not. Women, please warn your children, brothers not cause any form of trouble on election day as the security will be ruthless against such act. It will do everyone good to obey than to disobey. I stand with President Muhammadu Buhari on his statement on ballot box snatching.
Ballot box snatching is similar to robbery, and even worse, hence, it must be condemned in all its entirety by everybody. We must not allow it. Anybody caught snatching ballot boxes must ruthlessly be dealt with. It’s done in our best interest to protect our Nation’s democracy from being truncated by enemies of progress.
Let your Permanent Voter’s Card be your army, we must go out and elect Buhari and our other candidates on Saturday, February 23 and subsequently, governorship candidates and state House of Assembly. “If you (members) have any problem at all go and see the leaders of the party in your council and wards.”