League of Political Parties urges him to retract his predictions of violence

Former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari received more criticism on Thursday, following his prediction that the country would be thrown into violence should the next general elections be rigged.

The Lagos League of Political Parties (LLPP) urged the Congress for Progressive Change presidential candidate to retract the statement which the league described as “capable of affecting national peace, progress and civility”.

A release signed by the group’s chairman, Udoka Udeogaranya, also disproved Buhari’s claims that 2011 elections were rigged, stating that the elections recorded remarkable improvements from previous ones.

“We will like to remind us all that many people in Nigeria have previously lost their lives because of the heightened passions usually caused by such statements,” the statement said.

“The progress recorded in the 2011 polls clearly contrasts with the previous one of 2007. Little wonder all the opposition parties in Lagos State, for instance, congratulated the winning party and that has provided a peaceful environment for governance in the state.”

Meanwhile, Buhari’s statement has met with mixed reactions from the public, many of whom argued that such statements from elder statesmen could incite violence.

Earlier, the presidency swiftly criticised the former Head of State for his statement which was described as “sad and unfortunate”.

Speaking through his media aide, Reuben Abati, President Goodluck Jonathan, advised elder statesmen to avoid making ‘unguarded’ statements that could destabilise the country.

Jonathan also labelled Buhari a sectionalist who is still bitter about losing the last presidential election held in 2011.

However, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), has rallied to support Buhari amidst the controversies surrounding his comments.

“We hold no brief for anyone. But it is true that if elections are rigged as they have been so shamelessly and brazenly done by the PDP since 1999, naturally, people will react, and in doing so it is impossible for anyone to predict how far things can go,” a statement released by the party on Wednesday stated.

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