Buhari spoke during an emergency meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the nation’s capital, Abuja, on Monday.
“Anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or lead thugs to disturb it [the vote], maybe this is the last lawful action you will take,” Buhari said.
“I am going to warn anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs or to disturb the voting system, he will do it at the expense of his own life.”
The president’s speech was condemned by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and civil society organisations.
“The last time we checked, the death penalty wasn’t a sanction in the 2010 Electoral Act. So threatening people with death could be considered an incitement to electoral violence, which is an offence under the act,” PDP spokesman Phrank Shuaibu said.
“Recall this is coming from the same party which said that foreigners who intervene in the election would be sent back in body bags,” Shuaibu added.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA NEWS