President Bola Tinubu has faced severe criticism for his remarks, cautioning the members of the presidential elections tribunal that his removal as president could break law and order in Nigeria.
While acknowledging his failure to secure 25 percent of the votes in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, Tinubu argued that it was insufficient grounds to overturn his victory as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In their final defence statement presented to the court, Tinubu’s legal team, led by Wole Olanipekun, asserted that any interpretation other than the one they put forth would lead to absurdity, chaos, anarchy, and a distortion of the legislature’s original intention.
Tinubu’s comments sparked a trending hashtag on Twitter, with Nigerians criticizing the submission made by his lawyer. One Twitter user accused Tinubu of using the threat of anarchy to blackmail the judiciary, highlighting that the opposition resorted to legal means rather than violence when they believed the election was rigged.
Another individual expressed their belief that any anarchy caused by Tinubu would be orchestrated, citing the alleged involvement of APC thugs during the 2023 elections and cautioning that Nigerians would confront such violence head-on.
A different Twitter user suggested that if Tinubu’s removal from the presidency, allegedly stolen, resulted in chaos and anarchy, individuals should take their fitness and preparedness seriously, considering it as a form of war.
Activist Aisha Yesufu stated that Tinubu represents the chaos and anarchy currently in Nigeria, and disqualifying him would restore Nigerians’ confidence in the electoral process and the nation.
However, a member of the All Progressives Congress, Dada Olusegun, clarified that Tinubu’s counsel did not argue that nullifying the election would lead to anarchy. According to Olusegun, the argument centred around Abuja’s status as the 37th state for electoral purposes, and misinterpretation would lead to chaos.