The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) Board of Trustees (BoT) recommended anyone considering temporary national government in Nigeria to bury the concept on Monday.
Its National Chairperson, Chief Odunayo Ategbero, claimed in Abuja that the concept of an interim national government was utterly foreign to the 1999 Federal Republic of Nigeria Constitution (as Amended).
He denounced the purported scheme by some groups of desperate politicians to provoke, mobilize, and push an interim national government following the recently conducted 2023 presidential election.
“It is important at this juncture to appreciate the infallibility of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended) which does not contemplate any such arrangement in the political space. It is the view of the BOT of ALGON that Feb. 25’s presidential and National Assembly Elections outcome is sacrosanct as announced by INEC,’’ he stated.
What was crucial now, according to Ategbero, was moving forward after the elections.
“The President-elect remains Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu. Nigeria has had a successful election even as it is acknowledged that there are some obvious infractions which should be left for the courts to adjudicate upon. The Election Tribunal offers a legitimate opportunity for losers to contest their claim,’’ he stressed.
Notwithstanding imprudent statements packed with heightened emotions, Ategbero advised Nigerians to be law-abiding and committed in nurturing Nigeria’s young democracy.
The BOT further condemns some Nigerians’ “weaponising” the triumph with religious and ethnic sensitivities for purely political and selfish reasons.
We urge all Nigerians to trust the democratic process and not be used by traducers and troublemakers in the interests of more than 200 million Nigerians. “An appeal is hereby made to the Department of State Service for immediate arrest and prosecution of these groups of desperate citizens fanning the embers of interim national government,’’ Ategbero stated.
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