Festus Keyamo writes DSS, wants Peter Obi, Datti Baba-Ahmed arrested

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Nigeria’s Minister of State for Labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, has asked the country’s security agents to arrest the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed.

Keyamo called for their arrests, alleging the duo incited insurrection against his would-be principal, the Presient-elect, Bola Tinubu.

This was contained in a petition the Minister addressed to the State Security Service on Thursday.

Festus Keyamo
Festus Keyamo

Keyamo claimed that the Labour Party candidates, currently challenging the presidential election results, were not willing to take the path of peace for national unity.

According to his petition, “Since the declaration of the presidential election results, they have been hopping from one media house to the other, making incendiary comments and claims about the declaration of the president-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”

Keyamo claimed he submitted the petition as a patriotic Nigerian and asked the SSS to invite, arrest, interrogate, and after investigation, if necessary, “charge both individuals to court for their conducts, which amount to incitement and treasonable felony.”

The Minister accused Peter Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, assembled some youth in an Abuja hotel to post provocative messages on social media daily to cause panic and fear throughout the federation and to stir riot and civil unrest.

His claims follow Peter Obi’s challenge of the procedure used to determine the winner of the Presidential candidate held on February 28th 2023.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, the winner.

The LP candidates challenged the outcome of the INEC over the failure of the former to upload results from various polling units across the country on its server in real-time.

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