Keyamo petitions DSS, demands Obi, Datti’s arrest for alleged incitement

MINISTER of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has called on the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest and prosecute Labour Party (LP) presidential and vice presidential candidates, Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed, respectively.

Keyamo accused Obi and Datti of making incendiary comments that were capable of causing rebellion and incitement to violence.


LP dismisses APC’s call for Obi, Datti’s arrest

Obi-Datti media office refutes ‘political deal’ with Atiku

Why I sponsored bill to change national minimum wage – Reps member, Datti-Babawo

The minister, who is also the chief spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), made the petition in a statement addressed to the Director General State Services DGSS on Thursday, March 23.

Keyamo stressed the need to soothe frayed nerves, lower the temperature, and begin the healing process, especially in a post-election period, stating that the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, had issued a statement to that effect a few days ago.

Read Also:

However, the minister observed that it appears Obi and Datti are not prepared to toe the conciliatory path for the sake of peace and national cohesion, even while exercising their rights to pursue duly laid down constitutional means of addressing their grievances.

The duo, according to Keyamo, 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).

He accused them of calling for the outright truncation of democracy by insisting on adopting other processes outside the contemplation of the constitution and even calling for establishing an interim government.



    Keyamo singled out the comments made by Datti Baba-Ahmed on behalf of himself and Obi on Channels TV on Wednesday, March 22, wherein he threatened that if the President-elect is sworn in on May 29, it would “signal the end of democracy” and unilaterally declared the duly elected President-elect as “unconstitutional.”

    He claimed that Obi and Datti have also camped some youths in a popular hotel in Abuja to instruct them to push out inciting messages daily on social media to cause panic fear within the federation and incite people to riot and social unrest.

    Keyamo acknowledged that the former Anambra governor and Datti had submitted election petitions to the courts for adjudication. But the minister said their conduct and utterances amounted to a subversion of the processes they have instituted in court and a subversion of the Nigerian Constitution and the laid-down processes for addressing disputes and grievances.

    He warned that the LP presidential flagbearers’ conduct and utterances were a build-up to something more sinister, and urged the security agency to “rein them in” immediately.

    You can reach out to me on Twitter via: vincent_ufuoma

    Join the ICIR WhatsApp channel for in-depth reports on the economy, politics and governance, and investigative reports.

    Support the ICIR

    We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

    Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.

    If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation


    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Support the ICIR

    We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.

    - Advertisement


    - Advertisement