Pastor John Kayode of Disciples Church, Taiwo, Ilorin, has cautioned politicians against win at all cost mentality as 2019 election draws near.
Kayode gave the warning in Ilorin on Wednesday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He called on politicians to play politics with maturity and stop politics of assassination and kidnapping of other aspirants.
The clergy man advised politicians to prioritise the development of the country above their personal ambition.
“It is time for politicians to embrace defeat and cooperate with the emerging candidate to move the country forward.
“There is no reward in sending assassination team to go after your opponent’s life. This must stop in 2019 as we want to witness a peaceful free and fair election in Nigeria.
“Do-or-die politics will not take us anywhere. We need to emulate Western world where one aspirant congratulates the other after defeat,’’ he said.
The pastor, however, called on party leaders to organise a platform where aspirants would be adequately orientated to shun violence.
“Any politician that continues to kill opposition to attain position is only inviting God’s wrath and will surely regret it with time,’’ he said.