A chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Abayomi Nurain Mumuni, has advised members of the party not to insult presidential candidates of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar and Labour Party (LP) Mr. Peter Obi.
The APC chieftain urged members of the party to use their energy to do something productive instead of insulting anyone.
Mumuni gave this advice on Friday while reacting to the recent tribunal verdict which dismissed the petitions of PDP, LP and Allied Peoples Movement (APM), challenging the victory of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the ruling APC at the February 25th, 2023 presidential election.
The APC chieftain in a press statement signed by his media aide, Rasheed Abubakar, and made available to DAILY POST described the verdict as a well-deserved victory for Nigerians who gave President Tinubu and his Vice Kashim Shettima, their mandate.
He then called on APC members to learn how to preach peace and not pieces.
He urged them to be mindful of their public utterances, especially against the opposition candidates after the tribunal verdict.
He said, “I wasn’t really surprised about the outcome of the judgement knowing full well how the election went. It was one of the most transparent elections in recent years. Nigerians voted for their candidates. They gave Asiwaju and his VP their mandate. It’s a well-deserved judgement.
“Of course, you don’t expect oppositions not to react. They will surely do. In fact, they are already doing that, saying unprintable words about our candidates and even the country’s judiciary. My appeal to our party loyalists and members is to be mindful of their utterances or statements after the tribunal judgement.
“The supporters of the opposition are already attacking our leadership. We should not do that. This doesn’t call for disrespect to other presidential candidates, especially Waziri Adamawa, and Alhaji Atiku. We should all expect that the aggrieved ones will approach the Supreme Court.
“We should all learn how to preach peace, not pieces. Having been privileged to hold political offices should not be a cause for disrespect towards elders or fellow Nigerians. He promised to run an inclusive government. This he made clear in his inaugural address and on other occasions. The Nigerian project is bigger than any other interest.
“Considering Senator Bola Tinubu’s manner of communication and respect for others, it is time for the healing process. That will surely reflect the kind of upbringing each of us possess. Our supporters should ignore those making noise. If they feel that they are not comfortable, they should go to the Supreme Court.
“APC supporters should not join them in making noise. We should use our energy to do something productive and work to ensure that the renewed hope is actualised”.