ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has said that Peter Obi has failed to publicly condemn the “treasonable utterances” of his running mate, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed.
Mohammed stated this on Wednesday in London while reacting to calls for his arrest and prosecution.
Recall that the leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Edwin Clark, had called Lai Mohammed’s arrest for spreading “fake news” about Peter Obi.
In response, the Information Minister insisted that his statements about Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed were not based on falsehood.
He said: “What will be my offence? Is it by chiding the vice-presidential candidate of the Labour Party who said on live television that if President-elect Bola Tinubu is sworn in on May 29, that would be the end of democracy in Nigeria?
“Is it for chiding him for saying that swearing in Tinubu on May 29 is like swearing in the military? What is the fake news in that?”
The Minister stressed Mr. Datti Baba-Ahmed had not denied his “treasonable” statement and that Obi failed to publicly condemn Datti’s objectionable utterance.
“The position of the law is clear that anybody who is aggrieved over election results should go to court. It is not to start threatening Nigerians and heating up the polity simply because you lost an election,” he explained.
Mohammed maintains that the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the presidential election “fair and square” and INEC was right in declaring Ahmed Tinubu the winner.
He reassured Nigerians and the international community that the President-elect would be sworn in on 29 May 2023.