Former President Goodluck Jonathan pleaded with politicians to stop killing the masses during elections.
Jonathan said that what happened in the last governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi state was something that should not happen in any normal society.
Referring to the woman leader of the Peoples Democratic Party who was burned to death in her home in Kogi state during the polls, the former President said something fundamentally wrong with the political system.
He said politicians resort to political coups as a substitute for military coups, criticizing the phenomenon as bad for the continent.
Jonathan said this over the weekend as he spoke on behalf of other awardees at the Igbinedion University of Okada convocation ceremony in the area of northeastern Ovia local government of Edo state.
“What happened in the last governorship elections in my state, Bayelsa State, and especially in Kogi State, where that young lady was burnt alive in her house, is something that should not happen in any normal society. Something is fundamentally wrong with our political system,” the former President stated.
“Only yesterday in Ndjamena, we were discussing the politics of our continent, most of us former Heads of States, Presidents, former Presidents, Vice Presidents.
“The way African politics is going we are replacing military coup with political coup d’etat and that cannot sustain the continent.
“Let me plead with my fellow politicians, they should stop killing people,and destroying properties because people want to own offices,” he said.