(Photo Credit: Vanguard News)
Labour Party's National Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Arabambi, has called for the arrest and prosecution of any party member advocating for an Interim Government. (Vanguard News)
(Photo Credit: Vanguard News)
Arabambi expressed this stance during an exclusive interview on Vanguard's political show, Political Hub, on Thursday.
He referred to supporters of an Interim Government as mercenaries and members of insignificant political parties.
Arabambi criticized these individuals, labeling them "Obidiots" and claiming that they have no affiliation with the Labour Party. He accused them of attempting to exploit the party's platform for their own illegal activities.
Furthermore, Arabambi warned both the Obidiots and the Labour Party to be cautious of anyone inciting conflict, emphasizing that the Obidiots are true supporters of the party who abide by the rule of law.
The statement from the Lamidi Apapa-led faction of the Labour Party distanced the group from the calls for an interim government and the opposition to the inauguration of President-elect Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on May 29.
The faction believed that Tinubu's swearing-in would have no impact on the ongoing legal battle concerning the presidential election involving the party, APC, and INEC.
They argued that the Electoral Act and the Nigerian Constitution did not permit a vacuum and that the law provided mechanisms for the legal removal of a president-elect if they were found to be illegitimately elected.
Arabambi highlighted the case of Chris Ngige and Peter Obi in 2003, where the court removed Ngige and confirmed Obi as the Governor of Anambra State, indicating that only death or permanent incapacity could prevent a president-elect from being sworn in.
He asserted that Peter Obi's concerns were not supported by the law, and refusing to swear in Tinubu would create a constitutional vacuum, which is not permissible under the law.
In summary, Arabambi, the Labour Party's spokesperson, denounced calls for an Interim Government, referring to the proponents as mercenaries and individuals from insignificant political parties.
He called for the arrest and prosecution of any party member advocating for such a government.
Additionally, the faction led by Lamidi Apapa distanced themselves from the calls for an interim government and stated that Tinubu's inauguration would not affect the ongoing legal disputes concerning the presidential election.
Arabambi emphasized that only death or permanent incapacity could prevent a president-elect from being sworn in, and refusing to inaugurate Tinubu would violate the law and create a constitutional vacuum.
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