The Labour Party (LP) has responded to President Bola Tinubu’s warning to the Presidential Election Petition Court (PREPEC) in Abuja. Tinubu’s legal team allegedly cautioned the court that nullifying the election that brought him to power due to not scoring 25 percent of lawful votes in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) could lead to chaos.
In a statement, the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, Obiora Ifoh, criticized Tinubu’s remarks, deeming them unnecessary and possibly interfering with the judiciary’s duties. The party emphasized that the law should be followed, and if the constitution mandates a presidential candidate to score at least 25 percent in the FCT for declaration, there can be no shortcuts to this requirement.
The Labour Party also recalled a recent statement by the APC-led administration warning against illegal orders used to undermine democracy, which the party interpreted as a call to incite their supporters to unleash terror.
The LP cautioned the APC against pressuring the judiciary, stating that no amount of threats can change the established legal processes and requirements. The party expressed concern over the potential consequences if such pressures on the judiciary go unchecked.
Furthermore, the Labour Party accused the APC of deploying thugs during the February elections to manipulate the will of Nigerians and warned that peace would prevail when the APC is eventually removed from power. The party urged for respect of the rule of law and adherence to constitutional provisions to maintain a stable and democratic nation.