Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, reports that the Department of State Services (DSS) has requested that Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed of the Labour Party be detained immediately.
Keyamo accused Datti Bab-Ahmed of making explosive statements about the Nigerian government and President-elect Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in a petition to the secret police.
Datti says the following:
“A constitutional violation occurred during the presidential election that resulted in Tinubu being elected president. “.
In addition, he asserted that the certificate of return that INEC had granted to the former governor of Lagos State was meaningless and of no consequence.
“When there has been a constitutional violation, we cannot have a president-elect. The way that Section 134 is understood by INEC and other parties is crystal clear.
Asiwaju Tinubu is not the president-elect; rather, he is in possession of a worthless certificate.
“Even if they swear in Tinubu and Shettima, the way they are going, disregarding the call of the people and violating the constitution, they are swearing in an unconstitutional government.
However, Keyamo claimed he wrote the petition fully aware of the need to calm frayed nerves, bring down the temperature, and start the healing process during this post-election period. He claimed Tinubu had made a statement to this effect a few days prior.
“However, it appears that the Labour Party’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates, Mr. Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed, are unwilling to follow this conciliational course for the sake of peace and national cohesion while exercising their rights to pursue duly established constitutional means of resolving their differences.
In this regard, they have been hopping from one media outlet to the next, making explosive remarks and claims about the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) declaration of the President-elect.
They have since crossed the line to demand the outright truncation of democracy by insisting on the adoption of other processes outside the contemplation of our Constitution. These comments and claims are made, not just within the boundaries of exercising their rights to free speech and the freedom to air their grievances publicly. Some of their privies have even demanded the formation of an interim government, he said.
The most recent instance, according to Keyamo, involved remarks made by Datti Baba-Ahmed on Channels TV on March 22, 2023, on behalf of Mr. Dot Peter Obi and himself, in which he threatened that the swearing-in of the President-Elect on May 29, 2023, would “signal the end of democracy.”.
Baba-Ahmed, he claimed, unilaterally declared the duly elected President-elect to be “unconstitutional” and subtly threatened mayhem if the President-elect took office on May 29, 2023 by taking on the roles of an accuser, a judge, and a jury all by himself.