Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has demanded that those responsible for the plot to undermine the country’s democratic process through an interim government arrangement be subjected to severe penalties.
Agbakoba stated in a statement on Thursday that the 1999 constitution of Nigeria does not contain any provisions for an interim administration, and that anyone harboring such ideas as recently revealed by the Department of State Security, DSS, should be strongly resisted and punished.
“I suggest that the gravest possible consequences must be applied to all who are associated with this treasonable intent,” he stated.
Calling for a political actor to respect the rule of law, Agbakoba said, “It is shocking to learn from the Department of State Security that secret plans are underway to undermine Nigeria’s democratic process and transition, by arrangements of what is described as an interim government. This will be a major setback and we must all resist.
“The general elections have held, albeit under the most challenging circumstance. But a president-elect has emerged and we must respect and accept this as fact. At least for now.
“All leading Presidential candidates have approached the courts with grounds of complaint concerning what they consider as electoral irregularities.
“If the presidential candidates have accepted the democratic process by lodging petitions before the courts, then it is very difficult to understand upon what basis anyone considers that an interim government is a viable and legal alternative.
“We must all reject this nonsense and respect our Constitution, which has no provision for interim arrangements.
“As the President-elect is sworn into office on May 29, the Judicial process will ultimately render a decision. As Nigerians, we must turn to the Courts to render a decision on the petitions before them.
“The Judicial process will certainly carry a huge responsibility in the process of democratic consolidation. The notion of the contraption referred to as interim government has no place in our lives and our constitution. We must all say no.”