By Ndayagi Sulaiman
The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has described the ongoing agitation for an interim government as treasonable.
The forum urged all Nigerians to remain vigilant and resist any undemocratic conduct that is capable of undermining the country’s democracy.
The Chairman of the Forum and the Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, said it was, however, commendable that the Department of Security Service had exposed the plot and therefore called on the agency to arrest and prosecute anyone involved.
It said: “The progressive Governors Forum notes the press statement issued by the Department of Security Service on the unfortunate, condemnable and treasonable conduct of some undemocratic elements who are agitating for an interim Government. We condemn such agitation.”
The forum said it was ironic that after the Presidential, National Assembly, Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections in which all the major parties recorded varying successes and disappointments in different constituencies, some self-serving individuals are unfortunately seeking to sabotage the country’s democratic progress.
It said it was widely reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP) had chosen to go to the Presidential Election Tribunal to challenge the outcome of the presidential election, which was won by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of APC.
The forum added in all the 36 states of the Federation, tribunals have also been established to provide an opportunity to those who participated in the various elections but otherwise feel dissatisfied, to challenge the results.
It noted: “We urge all Nigerians to remain vigilant and resist any undemocratic conduct that is capable of undermining our democracy. Our Country has done well in promoting democracy both in Nigeria and elsewhere in the African Continent, and, sadly, some unpatriotic elements are nursing the evil plot for an interim government, which will amount to subverting our national democratic progress.”
It also commended the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Transitional Council for issuing a statement restating the federal government’s commitment towards a successful inauguration of a new President on May 29th, 2023.