June 2, 2023
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LP Faction Backs Tinubu’s Swearing In, Accuses Obi Of Making Illegal Request

The Labour Party faction led by Mr. Lamidi Apapa has distanced itself from agitation that President-Elect, Bola Tinubu, should not be sworn in pending the resolution of the petitions before the presidential election tribunal.

There was uproar when Archbishop John Onaiyekan, an elder statesman, said the judiciary ought to have given its verdict on the dispute over the election before the next president is sworn in.

In a statement, Mr. Abayomi Arabambi, spokesman of the Lamidi faction, said the Electoral Act and the Constitution do not provide room for a vacuum.

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He added that swearing in President-Elect Tinubu on May 29, may not have any impact on the ongoing legal tussle on the presidential election involving Labour Party, APC and INEC. He further said 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.

Citing sections 136 and 146 of the constitution, he says what Peter Obi is crying for is not supported by the law. And a refusal to swear in Tinubu as President will create a vacuum in the system, the law abhors this.

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