May 29: Fresh Trouble for Peter Obi as Labour Party Leaders Back Tinubu’s Inauguration, Give Reason

May 29: Fresh Trouble for Peter Obi as Labour Party Leaders Back Tinubu’s Inauguration, Give Reason

  • The Lamidi Apapa faction of the Labour Party has dissociated itself from the agitation of some supporters of Peter Obi calling for Bola Tinubu's swearing-in to be suspended until the tribunal makes its final decision
  • Archbishop John Onaiyekan, an elder statesman, recently joined the call and said the judiciary's decision should come before the inauguration scheduled for May 29
  • Following the uproar from Onaiyekan's comment, Abayomi Arabambi, the spokesperson of the faction, said the constitution did not give room for a vacuum

FCT, Abuja - A great problem might be looming for Peter Obi, the Labour Party candidate in the February 25 presidential election, as a faction led by Lamidi Apapa of the party has distanced itself from calls for Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, not be sworn in until the court gives its final verdict.

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Factional leader of Labour Party backs Tinubu's swearing-in. Photo Credit: Peter Obi, Bola Ahmed Tinubu
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An elder statesman, Archbishop John Onaiyekan, recently commented that the judiciary should give its verdict before Tinubu is sworn in.

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Following the uproar that the comment generated, the Apapa faction of the Labour Party spokesperson, Abayomi Arabambi, maintained that the Nigeria Constitution and the Electoral Act do not give room for a vacuum.

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His statement reads in part:

“Swearing in Tinubu on May 29 may not have any impact on the ongoing legal tussle on the presidential election involving our party, APC and INEC. So, whether the President-elect is sworn in or not, there is a right to remove him legally if it is found out that he was not duly elected.”

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