The Lamidi Apapa-led faction of Labour Party has disagreed with the agitation that the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, should not be sworn in on May 29, 2023 pending the resolution of the petitions before the presidential election tribunal.
Some Nigerians are clamouring that the APC Presidential candidate, who was declared the winner of the February 25 presidential polls should not be sworn-in on May 29, 2023 when the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari would have come to an end.
However, in a statement issued by Abayomi Arabambi, the spokesman of the Lamidi Apapa faction of Labour Party, said the Electoral Act and the Constitution do not provide room for a vacuum.
“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 right to remove him legally if it is found out that he was not duly elected,” Arabambi said.
Citing sections 136 and 146 of the constitution, he said, “What Peter Obi is crying for is not supported by the law.
“A refusal to swear in Tinubu as President will create a vacuum in the system, the law abhors 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.”
Reacting in a statement, acting National Publicity Secretary, Labour Party, Obiora Ifoh, said the comments of Arabambi and Apapa have confirmed that they are moles planning to destroy the party for pecuniary gains.
He noted that “In all Peter Obi’s public and private statements, he has never said or by implication, insinuate that May 29 should be shifted.
“He is a democrat and he is one person that believes so much in the judiciary as the last arbiter, and that is why he has resorted to the court to seek justice,” Ifoh said.