ELDER statesman and leader of Afenifere group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has dared the federal government to arrest him over his statement not to recognise President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the 2019 presidential election until proven by the courts.
Adebanjo, whose decision not to recognise Buhari, as president-elect having been declared winner of the 2019 presidential election, which the Afenifere leader described as a huge joke, has drawn criticism from oppositions.
National Democratic Front (NDF), in a swift reaction condemned Adebanjo’s action and called for his immediate arrest and arraignment as according to them, his action amounts to treason and his utterance capable of inciting chaos.
In his reaction, Adebanjo said that he has no reason to fright over his statement and that he stands by his comment that he would not recognise President Buhari as the winner of the election until court says so.
“Let them come and arrest me. I am used to that. It is typical of their regime that they don’t tolerate opposition. It is typical of Buhari in particular, he doesn’t tolerate opposition; so it’s nothing new to me.
I maintain my stand that until the Supreme Court rules that he is validly elected, I will not recognise him.”
Continuing, “we have evidence that the election was rigged, let the court decide otherwise. That is all I am saying.
The constitution provides that if you are not satisfied with the outcome of the election, go to the tribunal and don’t resort to violence.”
He emphasised that he would not be surprised if he was arrested as the Buhari administration was known for its lack of tolerance for the opposition.
It is only when the court decides that he won, that is when I will recognise him. If to them, that is an offence, then I am ready to go to prison. By my pronouncement, I have not said anything illegal or unconstitutional.”
He contends that Buhari is the president declared by INEC, and not the person that won the election, and the constitution allows anybody who is dissatisfied with that declaration, to go to tribunal.