The Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed may be prosecuted for treason over inciting statements on the February 25 presidential election, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said.
He said this in Washington, United States on Tuesday, adding that Obi and Baba-Ahmed’s statements amounted to insurrection.
According to him, Obi and his running mate are inciting people to violence over the outcome of the poll.
But the LP candidate and the Peoples Democratic Party refuted the allegations, describing them as reckless.
The PDP and the LP warned the FG against toying with the idea of arresting the ex-governor of Anambra State.
Since the All Progressives Congress candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was declared as the president-elect, having polled 8,794,726 votes to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and Obi, who got 6,984,520 and 6,101,533 votes, respectively, the LP candidate and his running mate have been faulting the electoral process.
Despite filing petitions challenging the election result at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, Obi and Baba-Ahmed have insisted on the cancellation of the poll which they claimed was characterised by rigging and violence.
In a recent interview on national television, Baba-Ahmed asked the Chief Justice of Nigeria not to swear in the President-elect on May 29 while some of their supporters had called for the interim national government.
But addressing some media organisations and think tanks on the election at the US capital, the minister said it was wrong for Obi to seek redress in court over the outcome of the polls and in another breath incite people to violence.