All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, Josef Enoh, has criticized 2023 Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, for their remarks on the Supreme Court.
It is noteworthy that, on Monday, Obi, during a global press event, critically addressed the apex court regarding its verdict on the 2023 presidential election and the affirmation of President Bola Tinubu’s victory.
In a discourse with Arise Television, Baba-Ahmed too expressed his viewpoint that the Supreme Court’s ratification of the 2023 presidential election was unconstitutional and that they failed to validate the president’s election.
In a proclamation on Wednesday, Enoh suggested that the “indiscreet remarks” made by Obi and Baba-Ahmed may incite violent behavior in the nation and fuel antagonism against the current administration.
The APC leader remarked that the LP leaders’ words might provoke the public to take control of the government in an unauthorized manner.
Enoh hence inferred that such judgments warrant repercussions and may be considered an act of treason against President Bola Tinubu and the judiciary.
He stated, “In my perspective, exercising the right to speech doesn’t equate to treason. However, Baba-Ahmed’s freedom of speech should have legal limitations as he was fully aware of the decisions of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal and the Supreme Court; therefore, his recent comment along with Peter Obi’s can best be described as a treasonous act.”
“I want to caution Baba-Ahmed Datti, Peter Obi, the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and others with political interests who often cite that the Constitution assures freedom of speech and expression.
While it is true that section 39 of the constitution safeguards freedom of speech and press, inclusive of all forms of communication, even that of Baba-Ahmed Datti as it currently stands; the same constitution also provides room for circumstantial restrictions to that freedom.
“However, Datti must remember that the right to freedom of speech, like any other rights guaranteed by the fourth chapter of the constitution, is not absolute and is subject to limitations including defamation, hate speech, sedition, and cyberbullying laws.”
“According to Article 45 of our Constitution, exceptions can be made to the right of freedom of speech in cases concerning defense, public safety, public order, public morality or public health. The laws concerning sedition and treasonous expression are framed based on article 45 of the constitution in the interest of public safety, order, and defense.”
‘A final caution goes out to Baba-Ahmed Datti and others who fail to comprehend that there are restrictions to political malevolence.”
“Under President Bola Tinubu, with the assistance of all Nigerians, we will collectively strive toward self-reliance as a nation rather than being a country where you have to sit around and wait.”
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“It is guaranteed that any further reckless and insightful comments from any quarter would no longer be accepted and will face appropriate consequences within legal parameters. If you decide to test our determination, you won’t have the privilege of testing this on your own.”
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