Group Threatens Mass Action If Senate Confirms Obanikoro As Minister

protest-obanikoroThe All Nigeria Save Democracy Movement, ANSADEM, has issued a strong statement to the Nigerian Senate that if it confirms Senator Musiliu Obanikoro to a ministerial post, it will face mass action.

The warning was conveyed by the group at a press conference held Tuesday at the Centre for Constitutional Governance in Ilupeju, Lagos State.

Comrade Adebayo, the convener of the group, read the press statement saying “confirming Senator Musiliu Obanikoro as minister would be tantamount to a big disservice to the fatherland and a direct attack on Nigeria’s democracy”.

“We call on the Senate to exercise a great sense of responsibility and leadership by first probing the involvement of Senator Obanikoro in that shameful saga before screening him for a ministerial post”.

The group has also mass-produced the Ekiti rigging audio tape detailing Obanikoro’s shameful acts, which is to be “distributed free to Nigerians across the country, the diplomatic community, and international institutions including the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, and the African Union”.

Adebayo said that the “removal of Professor Jega at this time is sure to rob the 2015 general elections of all credibility credentials” and therefore “we condemn and call on Nigerians to resist any attempt to postpone the elections again or illegally remove Professor Attahiru Jega as INEC chairman before his terms runs its course”.

The group described “the electioneering campaigns of the major political parties PDP and APC, which have been characterized more by mutual character assassinations and infantile exhibition of political immaturity, rather than basing their campaigns on critical and beneficial national issues strewn with elements of superior arguments and sophisticated intellects”.

The group denounced and condemned “the nefarious activities of spokespersons of politicians who attack our sensibilities in a daily display of ‘toutish’ outbursts”, just as it also frowned at “the sudden intrusion by the military into the electoral process”.

The group said it viewed the military’s incursion into the electoral process as a major threat to democratic institutions, adding that the current core of service chiefs, the National security Adviser, and the IGP must be prosecuted for treason, for holding Nigerians and Nigeria to ransom at their selfish whims.