of law. They are making their assertion on what they think they know. The military is a respected institution. So, I know that they will respect the position of the law when pronouncements are being made.

“We at LP are law-abiding citizens who have taken their case to court for redress. What we are doing is taking back our mandate that was illegally given to somebody in a legal process.

“All that we have done is to follow the due process of what has been done in our Constitution in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. For instance, when the Nigerian people and we decided to go on a peaceful protest, it is our own right. Therefore, we have not done anything contrary to the Constitution of Nigeria,” he stated.


Obi’s aide warns meanwhile, Obi’s media aide, Tai Obasi,  urged the military to stick to its defense role instead of striving to interpret the Constitution for Nigerians.



While warning that the LP would not succumb to subtle intimidation and bullying, Obasi disclosed that the party and Obi would not relent until they reclaimed their ‘stolen mandate.’

He stated, “Everybody seems to be politically inclined now. It is a system to do whatever is necessary to assist whoever they want to assist in swearing-in as president for the next four years. It is not in the position of the military to define our constitution or whatever it says.

“Their (Military) duty is defense. They are meant to intervene whenever they are called upon. It is not for them to start telling us what they think is in the Constitution. The Constitution shall be defended by the court when there is a logjam. Not by any other person or institution.

‘’The LP has dutifully and obediently gone to court. It is left for INEC, Senator Bola Tinubu, and Kashim Shettima to respond and the court processes to start.’’

Warning the military against dabbling in politics, Obasi added, “The military should therefore not jump the gun. It will be very unfortunate and unfair for the DHQ to start releasing intimidating statements. If the target is to intimidate and bully people whose only lawful route to recover their stolen mandate, it won’t work.’’

Speaking on the issue, the Ekiti Council of Elders on Thursday cautioned Nigerians against activities capable of causing anarchy and plunging the country into crisis and chaos.

The council’s President, Prof Joseph Oluwasanmi, and General Secretary, Niyi Ajibulu, condemned the alleged extra-judicial activities of some political parties and unpatriotic elements since the conclusion of the presidential election, which he said were worrisome.

The duo, in a statement in Ado Ekiti after the council’s monthly plenary titled, ‘Call for interim national government unconstitutional’, urged all concerned not to allow tribal, sectional, or individual interests to undermine the corporate existence of the country.

However, a former deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Prince Diran Odeyemi, said the claim by the DSS that some people wanted to foist an interim government on the country was suspicious.

Odeyemi, while speaking with newsmen in Osogbo on Thursday, expressed concern that more than a week after the claim, the security agency had not made any arrest or exposed those behind the plot.

He also said such a claim coming from the DSS might be a plot by the presidency.

He argued that politicians in the country had shown that they wanted democracy to continue, hence the resort to litigation by those who lost the election.

“If almost a week after which they made that statement, we have not heard of any arrest, or any concrete investigation thereafter, I will advise them not to turn themselves to a political party. Nigerians should watch the presidency.’’

On his part, a former Governor of Enugu State, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani,  berated the proponents of the Interim National Government saying that it was treasonable and an affront to the sensibility of Nigerians.