The Labour Party factional chairman Lamidi Apapa has said that Tinubu the President-elect must be sworn in on May 29 adding that it’s Presidential candidate, Peter Obi is asking for an impossible task.
The Labour Party’s Lamidi Apapa led faction, distanced itself from calls for an interim government and demands that President-elect Bola Tinubu not be sworn in on May 29, pending the outcome of the petitions before the presidential election tribunal.
According to Apapa,Tinubu’s inauguration “may have no impact on the ongoing legal squabble over the presidential election involving Labour Party APC, and INEC.”
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the faction’s spokesman, Abayomi Arabambi, stated that the Electoral Act and the Nigerian Constitution do not allow for a vacuum, and that “whether the President-elect is sworn in or not, there is a legal right to remove him if it is discovered that he was not duly elected.”
Arabambi recalled how, in 2003, the court deposed Chris Ngige and installed Peter Obi as governor of Anambra.
He further stated that only death and permanent incapacity could prevent a President-elect from being sworn in, citing sections 136 and 146 of the constitution.
“A refusal to swear in Tinubu as President will create a vacuum in the system,” he said, adding that “the law abhors this.”