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Oshiomhole: How governors contribute to election violence

Political leaders contribute to violence recorded on election days, Adams Oshiomhole, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said.

Political leaders contribute to violence recorded on election days, Adams Oshiomhole, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said.

The former Edo State governor spoke on Tuesday during the citizens elections dialogue hosted by YIAGA Africa and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with Channels TV.

Oshiomhole said the weapons used by disruptors cannot be easily obtained.

He said, “When I was a governor and I mean this, you can ask [former] President Goodluck Jonathan, I did say at a meeting at the villa that sometimes governors contribute to election violence because AK-47 is not as cheap as buying akara.

“And when you see many young men who are unemployed wielding AK-47s, who is providing them? So the political leadership has a responsibility, we need to take that responsibility.

“If 500 voters choose to resort to violence, how many policemen do you want to deploy? Let us accept that as political parties, we agree that in the course of the campaigning, at every point, we must emphasise that this election is about freedom to choose and that what is more important is the process, not even the outcome.

“Let us resort to telling our leaders that they must preach violent free elections. I insist that all of us here have a duty. Nigeria is much more than the sub total of all the political parties.”