Tinubu Defends Buhari's Death Threat To Ballot Box Snatchers

Bola Tinubu

The National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bolat Tinubu has reacted to the criticism trailing President Muhammadu Buhari's threat to deal with those planning to hijack ballot boxes.

The Peoples Democratic Party yesterday, accused President Muhammadu Buhari of planning to derail the electoral process and throw the nation into political crisis.

At a meeting of APC leaders in Abuja on Monday, President Buhari had said: “Anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or lead thugs to disturb the election, maybe that would be the last unlawful action he would take… I have directed the police and the military to be ruthless.”

In a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, its spokesman, the PDP said Buhari resorted to threat having realised that he would lose the election.

He also accused Buhari of mounting pressure on the electoral commission to cancel elections in some states so as to achieve a staggered election.

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu while reacting, said: “ I was in that meeting; the president was just reinforcing the fact that if you you are out there snatching ballot boxes, and causing destruction, you are at risk of your own life.”

Concerning the issue of the election postponement, Tinubu said: “By law we should continue to energise our people. It depends on our resources. Because the Electoral Act allows us to continue to campaign and ask us to stop campaigning only 24 hours before the actual election. And once INEC changed the election date to Feb. 23, they have given us the opening to campaign and energise our people.”

On whether the postponement will affect credibility of INEC he said: “It depends on how it is handled and the new process. How the process is managed? You can convert what appears a crisis, a situation of adversity to an opportunity and progress.

The INEC, under the law, is empowered to postpone, cancel and do whatever is necessary to ensure free and fair election,” Tinubu said