A former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has linked electoral violence to state governors.
Oshiomhole said state governors are the major contributors to violence during the electioneering period by empowering hoodlums with AK-47s.
He spoke at a citizens engagement programme hosted by YIAGA Africa and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Tuesday.
Oshiomhole said governors secretly back the hoodlums who disrupt the election process.
He said: “When I was a governor, and I mean this, you can ask [former] President Goodluck Jonathan, I did say at a meeting at the villa that sometimes governors contribute to election violence because AK-47 is not as cheap as buying akara.
“And when you see many young men who are unemployed wielding AK-47s, who is providing them? So the political leadership has a responsibility, we need to take that responsibility.
“If 500 voters choose to resort to violence, how many policemen do you want to deploy? Let us accept that as political parties, we agree that in the course of the campaigning, at every point, we must emphasise that this election is about freedom to choose and that what is more important is the process, not even the outcome.
“Let us resort to telling our leaders that they must preach violent free elections. I insist that all of us here have a duty. Nigeria is much more than the subtotal of all the political parties.”