Resolve 25% FCT votes case before Tinubu’s swearing in as president, group tells FG 

A Civil Society Group under the platform of Coalition for the Protection of Democracy (COPDEM) weekend said swearing in Bola Ahmed Tinubu as president without resolving all the litigations, particularly the issue of 25% votes at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) means turning the constitution upside down.

COPDEM, while protesting in black attires in Asaba, Delta state, said the mood of the nation does not depict the imminent change of government.

Speaking with journalists on behalf of the coalition, Mr. Ken Pela, said the nation was mourning.

He said, “We have not had a situation where in the process of changing government, the mood was like this. For the first time, it does not look like there is going to be a new government, it looks like and feels like death. 

“We have a situation where truth is being suppressed, our values are being killed, and this has nothing to do with the fact that we supported Peter Obi and he was not declared winner. 

“It has to do with the fact that the process has been destroyed, it has to do with the fact that for the first time, we are going to swear-in a president that does not meet the requirements of the constitution,” he said.

Pela said the demand of the group was that Tinubu should not be sworn-in unless the constitution is met, adding that there were choices before the nation.

“We could have had a fresh election. Datti Baba Ahmed said the other day that they have manufactured results, let them go and manufacture 25% in the DCR.

“Even if you say the man is qualified but the minute you go ahead and swear him in without meeting that constitutional requirement of 25%, you are saying that the constitution is dead. We cannot determine the consequences of what they want to do by swearing him in,” he stated.

He said that court has not helped matters, pointing out that the judge who was supposed to adjudicate on the issue of 25% in FCT did not show up in court at the last two adjourned dates.

“The judge who was supposed to listen to the case and give judgment on the issue of 25% Wednesday did not show up. They said he went for a conference and that they should come back on Friday.”