A Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), on Friday, berated the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, for demanding the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed.
Recall that Keyamo, on Thursday, urged the DSS to invite the LP leaders for challenging the declaration of Bola Tinubu as the President-elect. He accused Obi and Datti of riling Nigerians against the judiciary.
Reacting to Keyamo’s call via a statement by its national coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA warned that the nation would be thrown into chaos if anything happens to Obi and his running mate.
The group faulted Keyamo for stating that Presidential Election Petition Tribunal would absolve Tinubu of all allegations brought against him by Obi and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) even when the tribunal is yet to begin the case.
The group said, “The petition by Festus Keyamo to the DSS is a total abuse of office as Minister and privilege as a member of the ruling party. The DSS should kick out the petition and not entertain it at all because it is totally illegal and has no place in a sane society.
“Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed have decided to go to court to challenge the declaration of Bola Tinubu as the President-Elect by INEC in the controversial election of February 25, 2023. Obi and Baba-Ahmed are in court as they are advised by Tinubu and in fact, President Muhammadu Buhari.
However, instead of allowing the petition tribunal at the Court of Appeal to decide on the electoral matter, Keyamo, who parade himself as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, displayed a total ignorance and disrespected himself as a member of the inner bar by asking the DSS to arrest Obi and Baba-Ahmed.
“President Muhammadu Buhari should have sacked him when he started earning two salaries as Minister and as Tinubu campaigner. Nigeria will burn if they touch Peter Obi. They should not think that they have the DSS in their pocket.”