The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said he is prepared for arrest by security agents ahead of the general elections.
He also said at the 7th annual edition of the Bola Tinubu Colloquium in Lagos on Wednesday that the time had come for a non-violent revolution against the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
He said, “(There are) all kinds of threats and reports that they are ready to arrest APC leaders; they are busy making sinister plans instead of leading the nation; this nation is not for sale, it is for change; positive change that we can believe.
“For me, personally, I have packed a small bag. They may arrest me and others, but they cannot arrest an idea whose time has come. The time for a common-sense revolution has come. So, Nigeria, in calling for a common-sense revolution, I do not advocate violence; I abhor it.
“What we seek is a revolution to use our votes to throw out ineffective leaders and we shall do it. It is a demand for a true electoral democracy and the responsive leadership associated with it. The revolution is not a violent one to tear things down. It is a positive one with our fingers to repair and restructure a nation when we vote.”
According to the APC national leader and a former Lagos State governor , the revolution is to reposition the nation’s institutions in ways that will enhance further collective prosperity of Nigeria.
Tinubu added that only those in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party could bring violence to themselves.
He said, “They are the only ones who can inflict injuries on themselves. We will not. We believe we will win these elections, so there is no point (in saying) that violence will come from us.
“Through our faith and our efforts in moving around the 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, including the leftover in Abuja, we will spread the common-sense revolution to speak to the fact that we need to elect patriotic leaders that can give hope to our best aspirations as a nation and people.”
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