The leadership of the Labour Party has distanced its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, from allegation that he called for the postponement of May 29 inauguration ceremony for the swearing-in of the president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The rebuttal was issued in Abuja on Thursday by the party’s Acting National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh.
Recall that the Lamidi Apapa-led faction of LP has disclosed that his camp was not among the party members calling for a shift in Tinubu’s swearing in, pending the determination of the petitions before the Presidential Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja.
According to him, he has always been of the opinion that the inauguration “may not have any impact on the ongoing legal tussle on the presidential election involving our party, APC and INEC.”
Lamidi, who spoke through the faction’s image maker, Abayomi Arabambi, posited that the Electoral Act and the Constitution of Nigeria did not give room for a vacuum.
He said, “What Peter Obi is crying for is not supported by the law. A refusal to swear-in Tinubu as President on May 29, will create a vacuum in the system, saying the law does not allow this.
“Even Peter Obi once benefitted from the system of being sworn into office despite pending petitions filed against him before the tribunal by Andy Uba. The law has to be complied with, which is to swear in Tinubu as president, and if anybody wants to change the narrative, they will have to change the law.
“So whether the president-elect is sworn in or not, there is right to remove him legally if it is found out that he was not duly elected.”
Reacting to his claim in a statement titled “Apapa’s statement on ‘swearing in’ reflecting ‘Hand of Esau, Voice of Jacob’”, Ifoh denied that his principal ever raised such issue whether in a private or public conversation.
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