The Igbo Patriotic Forum has warned against the swearing-in of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu before the final judgment of the supreme court case, as doing so could invite chaos. The group has requested that the judiciary be given time to finish hearing on the petitions related to the presidential election before a new Nigerian president is sworn in. They denounced the presidential election complaints tribunal for using a delaying strategy and stressed that the constitution does not stipulate that the president must be sworn in on May 29.
The group also highlighted that five of the country's major political parties have challenged the declared presidential results due to non-compliance with INEC's requirements. They urged the judiciary to consider the general interest of millions of Nigerians as well as Nigeria's cooperative existence when addressing these election petitions.
The spokesman emphasized that no one should be sworn in as the winner before the Supreme Court declares the true winner of the election, as the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria permits anyone who feels wronged to file an appeal to determine the final winner.
Okeke, the chairman of the Igbo Patriotic Forum, likened declaring someone the winner prematurely to announcing the outcome of a match in the middle of the game. He argued that common sense dictates that the election is still only halfway through and not yet done. The group hopes that the current administration will ensure that the judiciary completes its work before any swearing-in can take place to prevent a miscarriage of justice that could lead to a catastrophic crisis in the nation.
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