Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate for the African Action Congress (AAC), has ruled out the chance that the All Progressives Congress (APC), currently in power, could prevail in the upcoming election.
This is because, according to him, the APC will only receive votes from Nigerians who enjoy hardship and love suffering.
This was said by the AAC presidential candidate during an interview on PUNCH Newspapers’ “The Roundtable” on Wednesday.
Speaking on how he would feel if Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate, wins the 2023 election, Sowore said he would be surprised, adding that one of two things would have happened: either there would have been election manipulation, or the electorate wouldn’t be sick of suffering.
Sowore said, “I’ll be surprised but first we will need to analyse two things.
“First is if there was a credible election because the APC is used to winning elections that don’t happen. Very shady party, the same thing applied to the PDP when they were in power (at the centre).
“Secondly, if it is true they won the election, then we would need to examine Nigerians as a people, if there is something wrong with our ability to take punishment. Do we ever get tired of punishment? Do we ever get tired of being abused?
“Why will a people be seemingly convenient with hardship? It’s nothing new anyway, but I’m just reiterating it. I have asked myself this question many times.
“Sometimes, you read comments by pundits with ignorance and very holistic views about the state of the nation, you will question what is wrong with us. And some of them are people you happen to respect.
“Some would say with authority that the position of the government is the best. They did it when the June 12 election was annulled; they did it when former President Olusegun Obasanjo wanted to run for third term, with some defending that Nigeria had never had a leader like him so he should run for third term.
“They also did it during (Gen Sani) Abacha’s time, five political parties came together and were swearing that he was the best thing that could ever happen to Nigeria; but the day he died, they sang a different tune.
“At the end of the day, we need conscious citizens to remain steadfast and regardless of who wins this election, we will all bear the consequences of our actions.”