Tinubu May Have Violated Electoral Act At Jos Rally By Calling Opposition Parties ‘Jackals, Dead Fish, Termites’
By Isuma Mark
Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, may have violated provisions of the 2022 Electoral Act which bar candidates from insulting opponents during campaigns.
During the official flag of the presidential campaign of the party in Jos, Plateau State, on Tuesday which was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari and other top members of the party, the former Lagos State governor had used derogatory words to describe opposition parties, calling the parties and candidates “jackals, termites and dead fish.”
Tinubu uttered the words while asking the electorate not to vote for candidates in opposition parties at the rally.
Section 92 of the Electoral Act states that (1) “A political campaign or slogan shall not be tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly likely to injure religious, ethnic, tribal or sectional feelings.
“(2) Abusive, intemperate, slanderous or base language or insinuations or innuendoes designed or likely to provoke violent reaction or emotions shall not be employed or used in political campaigns.”
As punishments for violating those provisions, the Act provides in section (7) that “A political party, aspirant or candidate that contravenes any of the provisions of this section commits an offence and is liable on conviction— (a) in the case of an aspirant or candidate, to a maximum fine of N1,000,000 or imprisonment for a term of 12 months; and
“(b) in the case of a political party, to a fine of N2,000,000 in the first instance, and N1,000,000 for any subsequent offence.”
Tinubu, who mounted the podium alongside his Vice Presidential Candidate, Kashim Shettima, from Borno State, asked voters to reject “Jackass, looters; we will never again surrender to them (Nigeria) to reverse the progress, opportunity for electricity to industrialise our country.
“We will never choose the poor development party, PDP, to a progressive, forward- looking party, APC.”
He derided the PDP again saying, “Tear, tear umbrella. You have to sweep them clean.
“Get rid of the geckos. We will be there,” in apparent reference to winning the 2023 presidential election.
He went on to say the opposition “are termites,” who should not be allowed into government again.
“They (PDP) want to come back. Just tell them that dead fish cannot be sweet in any soup,” with reference to the bid by the PDP to return to Aso Rock after being ousted in 2015 and defeated in 2019 respectively.
The former Lagos State governor had similarly used derogatory words in Osun State during the APC’s governorship election campaign in August. He had said, “Don’t mind PDP and other mushroom parties — parties like Labour; they will labour till they die. God will not make you labourers.”
In September, the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, warned that “A political campaign or slogan shall not be tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly” and shall not be “Abusive, intemperate, slanderous or base language” as it runs counter to the Electoral Act, 2022 as amended.
Tinubu May Have Violated Electoral Act At Jos Rally By Calling Opposition Parties ‘Jackals, Dead Fish, Termites’ is first published on The Whistler Newspaper
Source: The Whistler.