Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, believes the call for his arrest and punishment for admonishing Labour Party Presidential Candidate Peter Obi for inciting the populace to violence is unjustified.
The minister announced this on Wednesday in London in response to Elder Statesman and Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) Leader Chief Edwin Clark’s plea for him to be jailed and prosecuted for disseminating “fake news” about Obi.
Mohammed said he stood by his admonition of Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, insisting that his advice was never premised on falsehood.
“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.
He said Baba-Ahmed had never denied his statement made on the live television
Mohammed also said that Obi had also not publicly called his running mate to order over the treasonable utterances.
“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,” he said.
Mohammed stressed that the APC won the presidential election “fair and square” and INEC was right in declaring Tinubu the winner.
He reassured Nigerians and the international community that the president- elect would be sworn-in on May 29. (NAN)