Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment has called on the Department of State Services (DSS) to immediately arrest the duo of Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed of Labour Party.
Keyamo in a petitition written to the secret police accused Datti Bab-Ahmed of making incendiary comments capable of causing insurrection against Nigerian government and the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
According to Datti, “there was a constitutional breach during the presidential poll that produced Tinubu as President-elect.”
He also claimed that the certificate of return issued to the former Lagos State governor by INEC was of no consequence as it had no value.
“We cannot have a president-elect when there has been a constitutional breach. There’s a clear interpretation of Section 134 and INEC’s interpretation of Section 134.
“Asiwaju Tinubu is no President-elect, what he holds is a dud certificate that has no value.
“The way they are going disregarding the call of the people, violating the constitution, even if they swear in Tinubu and Shettima, they are swearing in an unconstitutional government.
Keyamo however said he wrote the petition with the full realisation that in a post-election period such as this, there was a need to sooth frayed nerves, lower the temperature and begin the healing process, which he said Tinubu had issued a statement to this effect a few days ago.
“However, it appears the President and Vice-Presidential Candidates of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed are not prepared to toe this conciliatory path for the sake of peace and national cohesion, whilst exercising their rights to pursue duly laid down constitutional means of addressing their grievances.
“In this regard, since the declaration of the Presidential election results, they have been hopping from one media house to the other making incendiary comments and claims about the declaration of the President-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“These comments and claims are made, not just within the boundaries of exercising their rights to freedom of speech and the freedom to air their grievances publicly, but they have since crossed the line to call for the outright truncation of democracy by insisting on the adoption of other processes outside the contemplation of our Constitution. In some cases, their privies have even called for the establishment of an Interim Government,” he stated.
Keyamo said the latest of such were the comments made by Datti Baba-Ahmed on behalf of himself and Mr. Peter Obi on Channels TV on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, wherein he threatened that if the President-Elect was sworn in on May 29th, 2023, it would “signal the end of democracy”
He argued that posing as an accuser, a judge and a jury all by himself, Baba-Ahmed unilaterally declared the duly elected President-elect as “unconstitutional” and, in a subliminal manner, threatened mayhem if the President-Elect was sworn in on May 29th, 2023.
Earlier today, I submitted a petition to the Dept. of State Services (DSS) against Mr. Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed to rein them in for their conducts and utterances which bother on incitement & treasonable felony. A call for peace & national healing does not amount to weakness pic.twitter.com/BFpnxZDrkj
— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) March 23, 2023