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Niger Coup: Tinubu desperate to plunge Nigeria into war to avert PEPT judgment – Former APC chieftain Timi Frank 

The current desperation by President Bola Tinubu to push Nigeria into war in the Niger Republic is to enable him stay in power regardless the verdict of the the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, Timi Frank, former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said on Friday, the Whirlwind News reports.

 

Stating that the plot, which was being hatched under the cover of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), was a scheme to sabotage PEPT, by using the war in Niger as a plausible reason and pretext to impose a state of emergency in Nigeria, he said the move would lead to the suspension of the ongoing proceedings of the Presidential Election Tribunal (PET).

 

Frank said: “It is evident to perceptive observers that Tinubu is contemplating a scenario that might precipitate war in Niger. This, in turn, could furnish him with the pretext to impose a state of emergency within Nigeria, thus halting the ongoing sessions of the Presidential Election tribunal.”

 

“He appears to be less concerned about fostering democracy in Niger Republic, and more preoccupied with using this situation to legitimise his own government and secure validation from Western allies. The citizens of Niger should be permitted to address their internal issues, as Nigeria is already grappling with its own set of challenges,” Frank said.

 

Blaming the ECOWAS leaders for failing to fortify democratic practices in the region by ensuring sound governance, he highlighted their tendency to remain silent when presidents unlawfully appropriate electoral mandates and manipulate constitutional provisions to prolong their tenures in office.

 

“It is a shame that ECOWAS’ Presidents always jerks back to life when a fellow president has been dethroned like the present scenario in Niger Republic. I condemn the coup in Niger and I will support all altruistic efforts to restore democratic governance in that country. But I reject moves by Tinubu to use the Niger coup as a ruse to overturn the ongoing court process meant to determine the actual winner of the February 25th, 2023 Presidential election.

 

“I call on well-meaning Nigerians to dissuade Tinubu from leading the country into an unnecessary war which among others will inflict heavy casualty on our armed forces and breed more widows in addition to what Boko Haram, bandits and other criminal elements have done already.

 

Arguing that former President, Muhammadu Buhari, a retired army general, refrained from military intermovention during coups in Guinea, Burkina Faso, and Mali, fully cognizant of the far-reaching ramifications, he wondered why Tinubu would be vehemently pursuing a path to war if not for the preservation of his hold on the presidential office.

 

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