The All Progressives Congress has said the use of armed soldiers to harass and intimidate voters will not work during the 2015 general elections. National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in Abuja on sunday.
He explained that the APC lost the Ekiti State largely due to the unconstitutional involvement of armed military personnel who were used to harass and intimidate its supporters and voters, as well as the obscene use of money.
Mohammed said it was very unlikely that the use of armed military personnel to cow voters will have any impact in 2015, because all politics is local and what happens in one state may not be possible in another.
He said, “What happened in Ekiti was possible because it was an isolated election. In an isolated election they could use all kinds of intimidation, the obscene use of money and over militarialisation, in the general elections, you can’t have 36,000 security men in Ekiti State alone.
“If they want to try that in Osun, we wish them luck. We will assure Nigerians that we will continue to play the game according to the rules.
“We will continue to demonstrate to Nigerians that for us as a party, politics is not do or die we only want to serve.
“But if anybody in Nigeria today, feels that character, performance, accountability, visionary leadership is to be sacrificed on the altar of stomach infrastructure; we are not going to impose ourselves on the people.”