Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi, has condemned the reported stoning of President Muhammadu Buhari in Kano State.
Head of Media for the LP Presidential Campaign Council, Mr. Diran Onifade said in a statement that, “The Labour Party and our Presidential Candidate received reports of stoning of the President’s convoy in Kano with shock and indignation.
“We regard the action as barbaric and un-Nigerian and condemn it in the strongest terms.
“The President represents the sovereignty of the Nigerian Nation, and President Muhammadu Buhari particularly, his age considered, is a father figure, an assault on whom, our culture regards as sacrilegious.
“It is imperative that the despicable action such as took place in Kano, and other attacks on candidates and supporters elsewhere this election season, are checked by condemnation by political leaders across the board, and by effective deterrent and penal action by our security and law enforcement agencies.
“While we as a political party, strictly adhere to our commitment to an issue-based campaign, we notice with regret,
the arrogant and belligerent rhetorics of some politicians who, with all desperation, still consider this year’s election as do or die.
“It must be made clear that this intolerant and intemperate approach, is capable of heating the polity, while directly encouraging the kind of misconduct that occurred in Kano.
“We would like to strongly reiterate that politics is not war, and politicians should carry out the campaigns, without interfering with the right of the people of Nigeria to choose their leaders of their own free will.
“We sympathise with the President, and urge our law enforcement agencies to rise to the occasion, by appropriately investigating and bringing these violent perpetrators, and their instigators, before the law.”
The statement said that Nigeria’s “future depends on a peaceful and stable polity, and we urge our supporters, and the good people of Nigeria, to remain steadfast and determined in expressing their electoral choice and participating in this process, but never to lose their calm and discretion.”