The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Feb 25 election, Atiku Abubakar, has condemned the inciting statement made by the chairman of Lagos State Parks Management Committee, Musiliu Akinsanya, also known as MC Oluomo against Igbos in Lagos.
MC Oluomo was seen in a viral video issuing a threat to Igbos ahead of the governorship and state house of assembly elections on Saturday, March 18.
The former NURTW boss said Igbo who would not vote for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, should sit at home.
Reacting to the video, Atiku called on the Lagos State government and the police to ensure that politicians and their proteges submit to the rules of democratic fair play in the state.
In a series of tweets, the former Vice president urged political leaders and their proteges to desist from promoting violence ahead of Saturday’s election.
He said: “It is important for political leaders across the country, especially Lagos State, to desist from actions that promote election violence, such that can compromise peace, unity and democracy in our country.
“I am concerned about how lackeys of political leaders in Lagos State have unabatedly made ethnic slurs aimed at intimidating voters in the state in tomorrow’s election. I have watched with profound disdain a certain video in circulation where some persons known to be associates of the leaders of the ruling party in Lagos State are issuing threats against other ethnic groups in the build-up to the Governorship and State House of Assembly election in the state tomorrow.
“I condemn this uncivilised behaviour and also condemn the criminal silence of the security agencies and the political leadership in Lagos State and Abuja on this development.
“It is, therefore on this note, that I specifically call on security agencies in the country to ensure that politicians and their protégés submit to the rules of democratic fair-play across the country, especially in Lagos State, for the sake of decency and the promotion of peace and unity.”