President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged by a senior member of the Labour Party (LP), Alex Obiechina, to move Bola Ahmed Tinubu's inauguration and handover ceremony to June 12.
He claimed that the change would give the judiciary plenty of time to settle any disputes regarding the actual winner of the February 25 presidential election.
He remembered how Nigerians embraced the Buhari administration's designation of June 12 as the genuine Democracy Day, highlighting how the 2023 presidential election was met with a similar level of national enthusiasm as on June 12, 1993.
Therefore, he begged President Buhari to abide by his promise not to interfere in the presidential election by enabling the presidential election petition tribunal to make the ultimate determination of the poll's outcome before the winner was sworn in.
The former candidate for governor of Enugu State claimed that as a participant in the election process, he is aware of the suffering caused by hindering the will of the people.
He added that an abundance of evidence has been pleaded at the presidential election tribunal commencing today while pleading that the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election should not be permitted to repeat itself by swearing in a disputed winner.
The LP chieftain and frontline real estate tycoon claimed in a statement issued yesterday that swearing in Tinubu without the courts having first reviewed the procedures leading to the announcement of a winner would amount to the court being made helpless, making the petitioners' actions a pointless academic exercise.
However, substantial constitutional arguments have been pressed to cast severe doubt on INEC's fast distribution of a certificate of return to Tinubu. These arguments go beyond the disagreements surrounding the proclamation of Tinubu as the the winner of the presidential election on February 25.
The main constitutional barrier is Section 134, which requires that the winner of a presidential election must get 25% of all constitutional votes cast in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The nation's judiciary has been encouraged to unravel this Gordian knot.
In order to dispel Nigerians' suspicions that the presidency was behind a conspiracy to overturn the expressed will of the country's people, Obiechina pleaded with President Buhari not to take over or inaugurate a new administration on May 29.
He urged the president to respect Nigerians' wishes by abstaining from the illegal act of ordaining the benefactor of a faulty and contested declaration.
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