…Advocates ‘Gravest Possible Consequences’ For Plotters
A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association and erudite constitutional lawyer, Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, has declared that the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended does not make provision for an interim government.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, consequently Advocates for “the gravest possible consequences” to be applied to those allegedly behind the plot.
Recall that the Department of State Services, DSS, on Wednesday said it had confirmed a plot “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu from being inaugurated as President.
The DSS added that the plot includes embarking on violent protests nationwide to engineer the declaration of a state of emergency as well as securing frivolous court injunctions to stall the inauguration.
Reacting in a statement he issued on Thursday, Agbakoba said that the “secret plans” must be rejected by all Nigerians.
He said that parties aggrieved by the outcome of the presidential election should approach the courts for possible redress.
He said, “It is shocking to learn from the Department of State Security, DSS, that secret plans are underway to undermine Nigeria’s democratic process and transition, by arrangements of what is described as an interim government. This will be a major set-back and we must all resist.”
“I suggest that the gravest possible consequences must be applied to all who are associated with this treasonable intent. The general elections have held, albeit under the most challenging circumstance.
“But a President-elect has emerged and we must respect and accept this as fact. At least for now. All leading presidential candidates have approached the courts with grounds of complaint concerning what they consider as electoral irregularities.
“If the presidential candidates have accepted the democratic process by lodging petitions before the courts, then it is very difficult to understand upon what basis anyone considers that an interim government is a viable and legal alternative. We must all reject this nonsense and respect our Constitution, which has no provision for interim arrangements.
“As the President-elect is sworn into office on May 29, the judicial process will ultimately render a decision. As Nigerians, we must turn to the courts to render a decision on the petitions before them. The judicial process will certainly carry a huge responsibility in the process of democratic consolidation.”
Agbakoba added that the “contraption referred to as interim government has no place in our lives and our constitution.”