Labor (LP) Leader Lamidi Apapa has asked Nigerian police to investigate LP presidential candidate Peter Obi and other individuals accused of marching to sabotage the inauguration of President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on May 29th.
According to him, anyone calling for the interim government should be arrested by the police.
Abayomi Arabambi, the LP’s national publicity secretary, revealed this in a statement issued to reporters in Abuja on Saturday amid rising tensions around Tinubu’s presidential inauguration.
Some opposition parties have called for a boycott of the event, while others filed lawsuits to block the ceremony.
However, the statement released by Arabambi said that Obi and others who tried to prevent the inauguration were engaging in anti-democratic activities and therefore were held accountable.
“If anyone calls for an interim administration, including Peter Obi, they should be arrested by the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba-Alkali.
“Nobody is above the law. You cannot seek to plunge Nigeria into war and also say you want to rule that country.
“We, in the Labor Party, are saying a capital ‘NO’ to such an evil call by Peter Obi that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, should not be sworn in come May 29.
“Henceforth, anyone calling for the establishment of an interim administration and threatening fire and brimstone and conducting themselves in a way that is likely to cause a breach of peace should be arrested.”
Arabambi also criticized the LP’s legal team for failing to brief the faction on the petition related to the alleged attempts to stop Tinubu’s inauguration.
He added that the Apapa-led Labor Party cannot continue to rely on lawyers who are not committed to their cause and who do not share their values.
“I also want to allay the fear of Nigerians, the Alhaji Lamidi Apapa-led Labor Party is not interested in withdrawing any matter from the presidential election petitions tribunal, but as the National Chairman (Apapa) confirmed, he has a right to know what is going on with the petition.
“If the Party’s legal team at the tribunal in Abuja fails to honour our ultimatum and brief us on the petition within 48 hours, we will appoint new lawyers to take over the case,” Arabambi said.