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Igbo Lawyers To Meet Over FG’s Treason Allegation Against Peter Obi


Igbo Lawyers Association (ILA) has said it will summon an urgent meeting over allegations by the Federal Government that Mr Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the February 25 elections, has committed a treasonable offence, in demanding justice for being robbed of victory.

The ILA, led by Chief Chuks Muoma, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria who made this known yesterday said the group condemns the allegation by the Federal Government.

The group urged Obi not to abandon the case at the elections tribunal or go on exile, as being speculated in some quarters.

Igbo lawyers said they were saddened that Obi was being harassed, hounded and threatened to abandon the cause he had taken.

“Why are they harassing him, because they cheated him out of his victory? Now, they are claiming he has committed treason offences. You cannot beat a child and deny him his tears, deny him crying,” Mouma stated.

He said the hypocrisy against the Igbo of South-East in Nigeria, was so glaring for the world to see, stressing that until Ndigbo, who led the independence struggles were recognised and given their rightful positions in Nigeria, the country will not know peace.

“Independence struggles for the country were spearheaded by the Igbo man; Nnamdi Azikiwe, Mbonu Ojike, Ozuomba Mbadiwe. Nigeria has to accept and give Igbo their rightful positions for it to move forward. As long as Nigeria hates Igbo, the country will remain as it is.”

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On suggestions in some quarters that Peter Obi, should leave the country and go into self-exile, Muoma asked: “Why would Obi go on exile? For what? If they said he committed treason, let them go ahead but the fact remains that, they haven’t got any evidence against him. There is no evidence.

“The law is a matter of evidence and evidence is a matter of fact. All that they are doing is because Obi is an Igbo man. That’s exactly what the problem is.”

Another legal luminary, Chief Mike Ahamba, SAN, lamented that innocent Nigerians, especially from a particular area, were no longer safe, as speculative accusations are now being used as right evidence, to determine issues of adjudication, Ahamba said: “You cannot speculate on who will do this or that. I believe that God will save him. Nothing will happen to him.”

Also speaking, President General of COSEYL, Goodluck Ibem said the youth’s reading of the Minister of Information’s disclosure in the United States was that the Federal Government may have perfected a plot to harm Obi for being a man of integrity who believes in the rule of law.

The South East youths said that the only legitimate and transparent means to seek redress was the court, noting that Mohammed spoke as an emperor and dictator even in a supposedly democratic setting.

“We warn Lai Mohammed, Festus Keyamo, Femi Fani-Kayode, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the All Progressive Congress, to make sure that no harm befalls Mr Peter Obi.

“The APC said they won the presidential election. Why then are they panicking and throwing spanners in all directions? Clear conscience, they say, fears no accusation. Why the fear and panic by APC?

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“We warn the APC and their co-travellers to remove the hand of the monkey from the soup before it turns to the hand of a monkey.

“We, the youths are solidly behind Peter Obi and we sternly warn that no harm should befall him,” the group stated.

Eminent legal practitioners, including frontline rights lawyer, Femi Falana, have dismissed the claim by the Muhammadu Buhari-administration that the Labour Party presidential team of Obi and Datti Ahmed is engaging in subversive acts.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had accused the duo in faraway Washington, USA, of plotting a violent change of government in Nigeria by not accepting the outcome of the February 25 presidential poll.

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