A two-term Lagos lawmaker of Igbo extraction, Mr Jude Idimogu, has said politicians against the victory of Senator Bola Tinubu in the February 25 Presidential election must avoid actions capable of truncating democracy.
Idimogu, representing Oshodi-Isolo Constituency II in the Lagos State House of Assembly, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos that aggrieved politicians must be cautious so as not to let down the roof.
The lawmaker, also Deputy Apex Leader, Ndigbo in Lagos State APC, was reacting to politicians kicking against the planned inauguration of the President-elect on May 29.
Idimogu described as unfortunate the televised comment by the Labour Party’s Vice Presidential candidate, Sen. Datti Baba-Ahmed that Nigeria didn’t have a President-elect yet and that it would be unconstitutional to swear- in Tinubu.
According to Idimogu, any politician who finds it difficult to accept defeat is not fit to lead the country, because such attitude reveals their other side if they win.
He said: “Nothing will happen, Tinubu will be sworn in as President come May 29. Nigeria does not belong to an individual or a cabal. It belongs to the people of this country. Let those who are pained by the outcome of the election should guard their utterances.
“Those vying for the position of president should not be seen making senseless and insensitive statements. Let those who lost be tolerant and sportsman. If you lose an election, don’t bring down the roof, just wait for another four years.
“Nobody should end democracy. All of us have interest in this country and we appreciate democracy. Some people worked hard for it. God will punish whoever that wants to truncate it.”
The lawmaker urged the aggrieved politicians to guard their utterances so as not to truncate democracy the nation’s founding fathers fought and died for.
According to him, Nigerians should see anyone that wants to truncate democracy as enemies of the nation.
Urging the aggrieved to calm down, Idimogu said, “if you don’t win today, you can win another time, just wait till another four years.” He urged the opposition not to stampede the judiciary and create confusion.
“We are talking about one Nigeria. Politicians should be calm. We want peace in this land,” Idimogu said.
Anti-Tinubu protesters have intermittently taken to the streets of Abuja, kicking against the inauguration of the President-elect on May 29.
Operating under the aegis of the National Youth League for the Defence of Democracy (NYLDD), they demanded the invocation of an Interim National Government (ING) to conduct a fresh presidential poll.
They also asked for the sacking of INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
INEC had on March 1, declared Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) President-elect.
Tinubu polled 8,794,726 votes to defeat his PDP rival, Atiku Abubakar, who polled 6,984,520 votes while Peter Obi of the Labour Party, secured 6,101,533 votes, and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria People’s Party trailed with 1,496,687 votes.