Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has described as ominous and unacceptable the threat by the Oba of Lagos against the Igbo in Lagos that if they do not vote for the APC in the governorship elections on Saturday they should be “ready for the consequences” and that if they don’t vote for Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress, APC, they should be ready to “perish inside the lagoon.”
Fani-Kayode in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja said, “The truth is that we were threatened with ethnic cleansing and religious carnage in the north had Buhari not won the presidential election on March 28 and had President Jonathan not quickly conceded defeat.
“We let that go and kept the peace but now our traditional supporters are being threatened in Lagos and in many other states as we approach the April 11th governorship elections.”
Fani-Kayode also stated that “these APC threats and all the attendant rubbish that goes with them must stop,” pointing out that “no one is intimidated on our side and neither do we fear for the future because God is with us; He is faithful and He is in perfect control. This is an election and it is not a war so we must be civilised, restrained, gentle and courteous in all our ways and dealings.”
According to him, “We want peace and we want harmony in this country but no one or no group of people will be allowed to turn us or our supporters into slaves or give us sleepless nights. No one will be allowed to throw our supporters ‘into the lagoon’ and make them ‘perish’ and neither will there be any negative consequences if they vote against the APC in Lagos or anywhere else.
“The APC would do well to remember that they only won the presidential election by two million votes. They got 14 million votes whilst the PDP got 12 million votes in that election. This means that we have 12 million loyal foot soldiers and supporters in this country and that is no mean feat. Those 12 million voters cannot be ignored or treated with disdain and contempt. They must and will be respected.
“We are a strong party; we are confident for the future; we are ready for anything and most important of all we are ready for the polls on Saturday. We take this opportunity to urge the PDP faithful in Lagos to go out and vote en masse for the PDP.
“We urge them to vote for Jimi Agbaje and to free Lagos state from the shackles of darkness and oppression. We urge them to stand firm, to hold their heads up high and to do their very best.
“We urge our supporters in Rivers state, Oyo state, Imo state, Plateau state, Kaduna state and indeed in all the states where elections will take place on Saturday to do the same, to take the destiny of their respective states into their hands and to vote for the PDP candidates in the governorship elections.”


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