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Court Process To Disqualify Tinubu Begins – Pegars News

Court Process To Disqualify Tinubu Begins – Pegars News

The Atiku-Okowa Presidential Campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has commenced court docket proceedings to disqualify the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over prison conviction and sentencing by a court docket of competent jurisdiction in the United States over trafficking in narcotics.

However, APC PCC instantly countered the PDP, saying the {party} did not solely lack originality but was additionally a copycat.

But PDP’s transfer is a counter to the APC which on January 20, approached the courts to disqualify Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP from the presidential ballot over what it termed as #Atiku-Gate and Special Purpose Vehicle, SPV, saga.

Yesterday, the PDP insisted that the conviction of Tinubu for a prison offence by a court docket of competent jurisdiction in the United States of America rendered him ineligible to contest any election.

The spokesman of the Campaign, Kola Ologbondiyan, mentioned this at a media briefing in Abuja yesterday.

Ologbondiyan mentioned the determination of a court docket in Chicago, which led to Tinubu forfeiting $460,000 in funds believed to be proceeds of crime, particularly, the sale and distribution of narcotics renders his nomination null and void.

He mentioned: “Nigerians are not unaware of the prison matter regarding the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in respect of his prison conviction and sentencing by a court docket of competent jurisdiction in the United States over a prison case of trafficking in narcotics for which Tinubu forfeited the sum of $460,000 to the state.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the United States court docket in sentencing Asiwaju Tinubu ordered ‘that the funds in the amount of $460,000 in account 263226700 held by First Heritage Bank in the name of Bola Tinubu represent proceeds of narcotics trafficking or were involved in financial transactions in violation of 18 U.S.C. S1956 and 1957 and therefore these funds are forfeited to the United States pursuant to 21 U.S.C. S881(a)(6) and 18 U.S.C S981.’

“From the declaration of the court and the sentencing, it is clear that Asiwaju Tinubu was summarily convicted by the court, he took no step to challenge the judgment but acceded to the forfeiture of the $460,000 found to be the proceeds of narcotics trafficking.”

The PDP marketing campaign Spokesman famous that it is an established reality that trafficking in narcotics is an worldwide crime which all nations are obligated by worldwide conventions and statutes to arrest, prosecute and implement any court docket judgment imposed on offenders anyplace in the world, as nicely as the consequential results of such judgments.

He additional mentioned: “Having been convicted and having acceded to be responsible as charged by way of forfeiture of the $460,000, Nigeria is a signatory to International Convention is mandatorily obligated to execute the consequential impact of that conviction by advantage of Section 137 (1) (d) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

“For readability, Section 137 (1) (d) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) offers that:(1) An individual shall not be certified for election to the workplace of President if….(d)

“He is under a sentence of death imposed by any competent court of law or tribunal in Nigeria or a sentence of imprisonment or fine for any offence involving dishonesty or fraud (by whatever name called) or for any other offence, imposed on him by any court or tribunal or substituted by a competent authority for any other sentence imposed on him by such a court or tribunal.”

He defined that the import of the constitutional provision was that having been so convicted and fined and having acceded to the sentencing by way of forfeiture of $460,000 and have not acquired any state pardon or acquitted by any court docket of competent jurisdiction, “Tinubu remains a convict and the consequential effect is that he cannot contest the election at any level in Nigeria.”

The PDP Campaign equally mentioned: “The effect is that the listing of the name of Bola Tinubu, who stands convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction on the ballot for the 2023 presidential election is by the virtue of Section 137 (1) (d) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) fundamentally illegal, invalid and must be expunged immediately.”

Ologbondiyan additionally revealed that the PDP has approached the courts to search Tinubu’s disqualification.

He mentioned: “Our Campaign has proceeded to the court docket demanding the court docket to:

“Declare Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Presidential Candidate of the APC, having been convicted, as ineligible to contest the Presidential election by advantage of part 137 (1) (d) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

“Compel the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to immediately delist Asiwaju Tinubu as Presidential candidate of the APC or any other political party for that matter and expunge his name from all materials and documents related to the 2023 Presidential election.”

According to him, the PDP marketing campaign is additionally submitting for an accelerated listening to in order to save the nation from an impending disaster.

He mentioned: “This case is in the curiosity of the nation as our legal guidelines do not allow a convict, let alone an particular person convicted on account of the worldwide crime of trafficking in narcotic, to stand election at any stage.

“Nigeria cannot afford the embarrassment of having a convict hold office at any level against our laws.”

Reacting to the PDP’s counter strikes, yesterday, the Chief Spokesman of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, Mr Festus Keyamo, in a chat with Vanguard, mentioned the most important opposition {party} lacks originality

His phrases: “Why did they wait all these months till we filed earlier than they are now speeding to court docket? I challenged them greater than two months in the past, but they did nothing.

‘’It exhibits a group that is missing in originality, missing in concepts and missing in imaginative and prescient. It is simply an try to create a counter-go well with to our personal.

“Unfortunately for them, Nigerians have seen via them already: SPV advocates that are making an attempt to flip the tide of public opinion. Nigerians have determined; Nigerians have rejected them.

‘’This is so laughable that Nigerians are starting to see that these are remorseless folks; leopards that can not change their pores and skin; as a substitute of Atiku going through the cameras, shed some tears and apologise to the nation for abusing his workplace as VP with SPVs, his reply, in abstract, is, ‘what-about-you-too?’ This is disastrously unhappy”

Also, reacting, Mr Bayo Onanuga, director, Media and Publicity of the APC PCC, restated his assertion of January 18, 2023 the place he pooh-poohed PDP’s “shameless skirting of issues” utilizing the assault as a defence.

He challenged Atiku to tackle the points of whether or not or he employed the whistleblower, Michael Achimugu, who swore to an oath; whether or not Atiku made a scandalous conservation on how he and former President Olusegun Obasanjo set up SPVs, such as Marine Float to steal public cash; and whether or not the taped voice was Atiku’s.

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