Festus Keyamo, has petitioned the State Security Service, SSS, demanding the arrest and prosecution of Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed for making incendiary comments on television.
Mr Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment and also the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, APC PCC, made copies of the petition available to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.
He described comments made on television by Obi and Baba-Ahmed, presidential and vice-presidential candidates, respectively of the Labour Party, LP, at the Feb. 25 election as incendiary and capable of causing rebellion.
In the petition dated March 23, Mr Keyamo noted that: “in a post-election period such as this, there is the need to soothe frayed nerves.’’
He noted that whilst exercising their rights to pursue constitutional means of addressing their grievances, the duo had been going from one television station to the other to make inciting statements.
He stated that the latest of such were comments made by Baba-Ahmed on behalf of himself and Obi on a television station on Wednesday.
He added that the LP’s vice-presidential candidate threatened on television that if the president-elect was sworn in on May 29, it would signal the end of democracy in Nigeria.
“Posing as an accuser, a judge and a jury all by himself, he unilaterally declared the return of the president-elect by INEC as unconstitutional.
“I also have it on good authority that Obi and Baba-Ahmed have camped some youths in a hotel in Abuja for posting inciting messages on social media platforms on daily basis.
“The posts are such that could cause panic and fear within the federation and incite people to riot and cause social unrest,’’ Mr Keyamo stated in his petition.
He noted that while Obi and Baba-Ahmed had submitted election petitions to the courts for adjudication, their conduct and utterances amounted to the subversion of the processes they had instituted in court.
He added that their action was also a subversion of the Constitution and the laid-down processes for addressing disputes and grievances.
“These conducts and utterances are a build-up to something more sinister and it is important you rein them in now.
“These comments and claims are made not just within the boundaries of exercising their rights to freedom of speech but have crossed the line to call for the outright truncation of democracy.
“They have been insisting on the adoption of other processes outside the contemplation of our Constitution.
“In some cases, their privies have even called for the establishment of an Interim Government.
“I submit this petition in my personal capacity as a patriotic Nigerian to invite, arrest, interrogate and if necessary charge both individuals to court for their conducts which amount to incitement and treasonable felony,’’ Mr Keyamo stated.