27th April, 2011
Former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has decried the low turnout for the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state, saying that the timing of the poll affected the turnout.
Tinubu, who voted at Ward 3, Sunday Adigun, Alausa, Ikeja, South-west Nigeria said the election should not have been held immediately after the holiday since people who traveled had not returned.
â€œThe timing of the election is wrong because of the holiday,â€ Tinubu opined adding that the poll was peaceful .
The former governor condemned the killings of corps members and others in the north, saying that he would not comment on whether the candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Gen.Muhammadu Buhari should be probed or not as a result of the violence that engulfed some parts of the north.
According to him, Jonathan won the election as announced by INEC and that any aggrieved contestant should have gone to court to challenge the outcome of the poll instead of instigating violence.
Tinubu said the do or die politics being practiced by politicians was what was responsible for the post election violence in the north, adding that the twin problem of do-or-die politics and financial inducement of the electorate have been the bane of the nationâ€™s polity.
â€œDo-or-die politics and financial inducement of the electorate are inimical to our polity. These are not good for our country and people should desist from such acts,â€ he stated.
He called for a comprehensive compensation for the families of all those who lost their lives during the post election violence in the north, saying that the Federal Government must respect the sanctity of life.
On Jonathanâ€™s victory at the last poll, Tinubu said the people voted for the president and not the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying that things would be different this time around.
The former governor said Fashola and other Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN candidates for the House of Assembly would surely emerge victorious stressing,” since this is local politics the people should shine their eyes and vote for the ACN. The election has been peaceful so far.â€