- Chief Ayo Adebanjo has dared the federal government to arrest him over a controversial statement he made
- The Afenifere leader had said he won't recognise President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the 2019 presidential election
- Some groups had reacted to the interview by calling for his arrest, saying his statement was treasonable
Chief Ayo Adebanjo, elder statesman and one of the leaders of Afenifere, has dared the Federal Government to arrest him over his statement that he would not recognise President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the 2019 presidential election until proven by the courts.
Adebanjo, in an interview, had described the 2019 presidential election as a farce, saying he could not recognise Buhari - who was declared winner of the election – as president-elect.
Adebanjo, who also expressed optimism that Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would get justice at the court, also said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) wrongly declared President Buhari as winner of the election.
“The election was a farce. I don’t regard Buhari as president. Buhari was wrongly declared winner by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). When we get to court, we would know who the real president is.
“How can you call Buhari president with the way the presidential election was conducted in a 21st century Nigeria? Look at the elections, they were completely militarised. Corps members were openly kidnapped to rig the elections,” he had said.
However, some groups had reacted to the interview by calling for his arrest, saying his statement was treasonable.
One of such groups is the National Democratic Front (NDF) which called for the immediate arrest and arraignment of Adebanjo, saying his comment amounted to treason and utterances capable of plunging the country into another civil war.
“This call became necessary because of the series of plots by people like Adebanjo (and those who pay him) to overthrow the government of President Buhari, which were uncovered by the Federal Government prior to the elections,” the group said.
In his reaction on Tuesday, April 30, Adebanjo said he stood by his comment that he would not recognise President Buhari as the winner of the election, daring the federal government to arrest him.
Chief Adebanjo recently warned that Nigeria will break up if not restructured in the next 10 years.
The 90-year old leader who made the comment during an interview with The Guardian newspaper, said Nigeria is not a united and healthy country, lamenting that the government has failed to protect lives and properties.
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