Comrade Timi Frank, former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, condemned a military coup in Guinea, even as he called on the people to remain calm.
Frank in a statement urged the Guinean military to immediately restore constitutional order.
He enjoined them either swear-in the candidate who came second in the Guinean presidential election in October 2020 as the President or conduct a fresh elections within three to six months to enable the people freely determine who should rule them through the ballot.
The Bayelsa-born political activist who was recently named Ambassador to East Africa and Middle East, by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), said while he can never support a military coup anywhere in the world, it is almost glaring that the anti-democratic and tendencies of some African leaders has led to a resurgence in coup d’etat in several countries in the continent.
He berated leaders of the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States for aiding some heads of national governments to trample on the rights of their people and to disregard the rule of law and democracy.
“For example, when President Alpha Conde fraudulently orchestrated an amendment to the Constitution of Guinea to enable him have a third term in office, AU and ECOWAS leaders supported him because he was one of their own.
“I dare say that the change in the constitution to enable Conde to rule interminably is a direct function of the present army insurrection in that country.
“I also want to say that why coups are no longer desirable, any African leader that refuses to stick to the Constitution or allow members of the opposition a breathing space will henceforth have the nation’s military to contend with,” Frank said.
He reminded AU leaders of what earlier happened in Mali that led to a military take over of that country following a maneuver by the former President to fraudulently elongate his tenure through constitutional amendment.