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Arrest anyone calling for interim government, Apapa urges IGP – Punch Newspapers


The factional leader of the Labour Party, Lamidi Apapa, has asked the Nigeria Police Force to investigate Peter Obi and other individuals allegedly working to prevent the inauguration of President-elect, Bola Tinubu on May 29, 2023.

He noted that anyone calling for interim government should be arrested by the police.

The National Publicity Secretary of the LP faction, Abayomi Arabambi, stated this in a statement released to journalists in Abuja yesterday.

The statement came amidst the growing tension surrounding Tinubu’s inauguration as president.

Vanguard reports that some opposition figures have called for a boycott of the event, while others have filed lawsuits to stop the ceremony.

However, the statement released by Arabambi said Obi and others who are trying to stop Tinubu’s inauguration are engaging in activities that are anti-democratic and should be held accountable.

It said, “If anyone calls for an interim administration, including Peter Obi, they should be arrested by the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba-Alkali.

“Nobody is above the law. You cannot seek to plunge Nigeria into war and also say you want to rule that country.
“We, in the Labour Party, are saying a capital ‘NO’ to such an evil call by Peter Obi that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, should not be sworn in come May 29.

“Henceforth, anyone calling for the establishment of an interim administration and threatening fire and brimstone and conducting themselves in a way that is likely to cause a breach of peace should be arrested.”

Arabambi, in the statement, also criticised the LP’s legal team for failing to brief the faction on the petition related to the alleged attempts to stop Tinubu’s inauguration.

According to him, the Apapa-led Labour Party cannot continue to rely on lawyers who are not committed to their cause and who do not share their values.

“I also want to allay the fear of Nigerians, the Alhaji Lamidi Apapa-led Labour Party is not interested in withdrawing any matter from the presidential election petitions tribunal, but as the National Chairman (Apapa) confirmed, he has a right to know what is going on with the petition.

“If the Party’s legal team at the tribunal in Abuja fails to honour our ultimatum and brief us on the petition within 48 hours, we will appoint new lawyers to take over the case,” Arabambi said.

Nevertheless, the statement reiterated that the LP faction led by Alhaji Lamidi Apapa is committed to upholding democratic principles and ensuring that the will of the people is respected.

He, therefore, called on all Nigerians to support the incoming administration and work towards a peaceful and prosperous future for the country.

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