The Lamidi Apapa-led faction of the Labour Party has faulted calls by the presidential candidate of the Labour Party for an interim government and the agitations that the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, should not be sworn in on May 29, pending the determination of the petitions before the Presidential Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja.
He noted this in a statement through its spokesman, Abayomi Arabambi. According to him, the swearing-in of Tinubu “may not have any impact on the ongoing legal tussle on the presidential election involving our party, APC and INEC.”
The statement noted that the Electoral Act and the Constitution of Nigeria did not give room for a vacuum, “so whether the President-elect is sworn in or not, there is right to remove him legally if it is found out that he was not duly elected.”
Arabambi recalled that in 2003 Chris Ngige was removed from office as the Governor of Anambra State and replaced with Obi.
He added that according to sections 136 and 146 of the Nigeria Constitution, only death or permanent incapacity can hinder a president-elect from being sworn in.
Speaking further, he said “what Peter Obi is crying for is not supported by the law,” and that “a refusal to swear in Tinubu as President on May 29, will create a vacuum in the system, stressing the law does not allow this.
“Even Peter Obi once benefitted from the system of being sworn into office despite pending petitions filed against him before the tribunal by Andy Uba.”
“The law has to be complied with, which is to swear in Tinubu as president, and if anybody wants to change the narrnameative, they will have to change the law,” he stated.
He said, “Labour Party warns all Obidiots clandestinely parading themselves as LP members and other Obidients who may be agitating that the President-elect should not be sworn in to have a rethink as Labour Party will not support any unlawful means of agitations or change of government violently.”
Arabambi maintained that the LP would continue to pursue its case in court.