It is not rise to force people’s will during elections, as electorates are free to cast their votes for candidates of their choice, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) councelled on Monday, shortly after losing in Lagos to Peter Obi his Labour Party (LP) rival in Saturday’s election.
Tinubu, who spoke against the backdrop of reports of violence in some parts of Lagos, while calling for calm among his supporters in the state, where he is considered as the undisputed political godfather, urged them to eschew any act that could lead to breakdown of law and order.
Describing himself as a democrat, he said he was familiar with elections being a matter of winning and losing rather than winning all the time, and therefore there was no basis to attack anyone for their political choices, as he was also winning elections in areas outside Lagos.
Tinubu who spoke via a statement by Bayo Onanuga, APC Presidential Campaign Council (APC-PCC) spokesman condemned any form of violence against people of any ethnic group in Lagos, especially Ndigbo, saying he was not in support of such action.
“The fact that the APC narrowly lost Lagos State to another party should not be the reason for violence. As a democrat, you win some, you lose some. We must allow the process to continue unhindered across the country while we maintain peace and decorum,” the statement by Bayo Onanuga, Director of Media and Publicity, said.