APC says Fayose’s advert on Buhari capable of sparking violence

Governor Ayo Fayose

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of violating the non-violence pact, signed by him and other presidential candidates in Abuja on Jan. 14th 2015, by acceding to the incendiary, insensitive, reckless and provocative death-wish-for-Buhari advert sponsored in his name by the zany Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, on Monday.

”But for our party’s ceaseless enlightenment of our members and supporters to shun violence of any kind even when provoked, and the peaceful disposition of the APC as a party, one can only imagine what could have happened in the wake of this demonic advert, laced with ethnic put down and a morally-repugnant death wish for a fellow being,” the party said in a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed.

”We are therefore calling on all those who witnessed the signing of the pact, especially former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former Commonwealth Secretary-General Emeka Anyaoku, to take note of this very serious breach of the agreement and urgently call President Jonathan and his party to order.

”We are also calling on all Nigerians, as well as security agencies, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) to take note of the political desperation of the PDP and its supporters, while warning that we will hold President Jonathan and his party responsible if anything untoward should happen to the APC Presidential Candidate,” it said.

APC said for the avoidance of doubt, the unprecedentedly-provocative advert was not the first time that the President and his supporters have broken the Abuja Peace Accord.

”Two days after the pact was signed, our party’s office at Ngo community in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers was bombed, the second of such incident in the state, by PDP thugs. Then our party members were attacked severally in Sokoto by PDP thugs aided and abetted by the police, while the PDP Governor of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Yero, has been inciting violence against the opposition in his state,” the party said.

It said the fact that the perpetrators of those incidents got away with their actions without any censure from the President emboldened another die-hard supporter of the President to throw caution to the wind and embark on a course of action that has now exposed, for the world to see, the level of desperation by the President and his party ahead of next month’s polls..

”Never in the history of our nation has there been a more egregious act of desperation by a politician who would wish death to his opponent, with the action aided and abetted by otherwise respectable media organizations that chose to put financial consideration over professional ethics, morality and even national unity,” APC said.

The party urged the media, which has always been in the forefront of the fight for democracy in Nigeria, to exercise the utmost restraint at this difficult period, calling its attention to the inciting role played by the hate radio, called Radio-Television Libre des Mille Collines (RTLMC), in the Rwandan genocide in 1993.

It said President Jonathan, who has been saying his political ambition is not worth the blood of anyone, could have had the blood of many Nigerians on his hands had the APC supporters not been peaceful and cool in the face of this egregious act of provocation.

”When we saw the advert on the front page in certain papers, we were taken aback not because we had any grand expectation of civil conduct from the indecorous and immoral Gov. Fayose, but because no one could have imagined that PDP’s desperation would descend to the level of publicly expressing death wish for political opponents.

”That this is coming from the Governor of a State is appalling and highly distasteful. No doubt Gov. Fayose is the poster boy for what the PDP stands for: insensitivity, desperation and deception. Otherwise, how could any well-bred person, whether or not he is a state Governor, attempt to incite a whole section of the country against another in such brazen manner?

”PDP can choose to disrespect Nigerians, old, young and even past leaders. It has the prerogative to determine what issues are important to it and how it intends to run its campaign. But for us, this election is about security, employment for our youths, war against corruption, a buoyant economy and shared prosperity for Nigerians.

We will not shift focus from these issues that affect Nigerians. We will continue to spread the message of hope to our people,” APC said.

The party thanked Nigerians for their collective condemnation of such abominable publication, adding: ”Nigerians have shown that despite their different political affiliation, religion and ethnicity, they are humane and reasonable people who cannot be set against themselves by the trivial-mindedness of some desperate politicians.

”While appealing to all our members to remain peaceful, we must continue to stay focused on our common goal which is to have a Nigeria that works. We must resist the ploy to instigate violence in order to force a postponement of next month’s election, which is the grand plan of the PDP and its supporters.

”To those who are incredulous and affronted by the acts of desperation by the PDP, we say use the most potent ‘weapon’ at your disposal, your vote, to express your outrage during the forthcoming polls.”


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  • Mr. Abdin

    The desperation shown by the PDP is dangerous and that cannot be tolerated and the call by the APC campaign organization for an independent probe is a welcome development as the life of Buhari is very important and cannot be joked with. Change is we are calling for and Nigerians are ready for that. God bless Nigeria.

    • Otile

      Change with multiple false affidavits on hand?

  • endingNaija

    I have ONE message to all of us CHANGE AGENTS and VESSELS of CHANGE. After we have shown how morally low PDP and President Jonathan have sunk in this campaign, WE MUST GET BACK QUICKLY AND PROMPTLY TO THE MESSAGE OF ISSUES AND HOPE. We must get back to the platform on which we are running this campaign. Our platform is (i) anti-corruption, (ii) security of lives and professional, honorable and dignified defense of the terrirtories of our motherland -Nigeria (iii) Full employment for our teeming youths, (iv) anti -poverty-nobody should go to sleep hungry again in our motherland after we peacefully exit Mr. Jonathan back to Otuoke, (iv) power-electricity, (v) Infrastructure, (vi) education, (vii) gender justice and equity-CHANGE is ENLIGHTENMENT-we must begin to envision the next president after Mr. Buhari to be female-So? These are the issues we are running on. We MUST stay focused after we have shown how morally low Mr. Jonathan and his team have sunk through THUGnor Ayo Fayose’s evil and destructive advertisement. Finally, watch the body language of the leader of Change-Mr. Buhari. Mr. Buhari is relaxed, calm, peaceful, watch his words, he is highly reflective -a character of someone who knows the burden history is placing on his shoulder as the leader of CHANGE in our country Nigeria today, he takes his time and he is respectful. He is of God almighty, so he is not pertubed or ruffled by all the blackmail-certificate/health/age. The Nigerian in him has reported for duty one more time to serve Nigerians. So shall it be. So Follow these virtues and values- peace, love unity-Do not be provoked. And Do not provoke. if you can sing, sing haleluyah, if you can dance, dance for Jesus, dance for change, be happy, smile, clap for change and for Jesus. On the day of election, vote and play street soccer, play sports, bring your player and your favourite songs, play them and be happy, sing, dance, eat well and watch your votes as they count them. BE PEACEFUL. BE HAPPY. BE JOYOUS. This is of the same almighty God. We are the winners for this is of God-One people, One Country, Under the Protection of same God-
    Sai Buhari oyoyo, Sai Change-Peace Love and Unity to you all!!! On Febuhari 14th 2015 we stand-Change has come at last-Sai Buhari oyoyo, sai Change oyoyo!!! Febuhari 14th 2015 IS IT!!! Peace and Love and Unity!!!

  • Frank Bassey

    APC and violence. I hope the leaders send their children ahead of the others so that it is not only the common man that dies for APC

  • buhari pickin

    U guys have said it all god bless.untill we meet to celebrate on the 14th of Feb to pop champain.change

  • musa aliyu

    Leave the idiots alone. Nigeria will not go to blaze so for their actions but we shall show them the way out by force

  • Na So e be

    Presenting Buhari for election is itself violence. There can be no action or reaction more violent than his candidature.

  • Otile

    APC does not need any excuse to do violence. Are their youths not the ones burning down churches, kidnapping girls to sleep with, and robbing banks? Governor Fayose did not provoke anyone to commit these acts.