Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday, warned against post election violence,saying the emergence of any candidate is only the desire of the people. Obasanjo urged the candidates in the coming elections to be gallant losers if the results of the election did not favour them and also be magnanimous in victory.
The former President stated this while playing host to the delegation of Igbo leaders from Lagos and Ogun states at his Presidential Hilltop residence in Abeokuta . Obasanjo however, disclosed that he would vote for candidates based on their performances and not because of their political affiliations. He also emphasised on the need to obtain the Permanent Voters Cards, which he described as a tool to ensure pod governance.
He said “Therefore, I beg you to go and get your PVC. It is your passport to good governance. If you cannot vote, you can not get good governance, you cannot have a say in those in government. my own is in my wallet and it is only if you want to steal my money that you can get to see my PVC.
“I cannot understand why we must engage in violence. Don’t let anybody lure you or use you for electoral violence. Elections should be free, fair and transparent. If you don’t win, take it in good stride, believing that next time you will win. But, if you go into violence, you may not even be alive to contest for another election, which you are now going to win. So, my people tell our people not to engage in electoral violence.”
He said “if we say, we want good governance, it is something that we are going to use to get that good governance, and that is our votes”.
Obasanjo who claimed to be a card carrying member of the PDP, endorsed the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for second term , seeking the support of the South East residents in Ogun state in the February 28 governorship election for the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate.
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