Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has described calls for his arrest and prosecution for cautioning the Labour Party Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, over inciting the public to violence as unjustifiable.
He said this on Wednesday in London while reacting to the call by elder statesman and leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, Chief Edwin Clark, that he should be arrested and prosecuted for spreading “fake news” about Obi.
The minister said he stood by his caution of Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, insisting his admonition was never based on falsehood.
He said, “What will be my offence? Is it by chiding vice presidential candidate of the Labour Party who said on live television that if the President-elect Bola Tinubu is sworn-in on May 29 that that would be the end of democracy in Nigeria?
“Is it for chiding him for saying that swearing-in Tinubu in May 29 is like swearing-in the military?
“What is the fake news in that?” the minister queried.
Mohammed said Baba-Ahmed had never debunked his statement made on live television.
He said that Obi had equally publicly called his running mate to order over the treasonable utterances.
He added, “The position of the law is clear that anybody who is aggrieved over election results should go to court
“It is not to start threatening Nigerians and heating up the polity simply because you lost an election.”
The minister insisted that the APC won the presidential poll “fair and square” and INEC was right in declaring Tinubu the winner.
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