The Atiku-Okowa Presidential Campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has launched legal actions to disqualify Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the APC’s presidential candidate, due to his conviction and sentence for drug trafficking by a court of competent jurisdiction in the United States.
The PDP was promptly rebuffed by the APC, which said that the party lacked originality and was also a clone. However, the PDP’s action is a response to the APC, which on January 20 petitioned the courts to have Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP disqualified from the presidential election due to what it referred to as the “#Atiku-Gate” and “Special Purpose Vehicle, SPV,” scandal.
The PDP argued yesterday that Tinubu was ineligible to run in any election because he had been found guilty of a crime by a court with authority in the United States of America.
Kola Ologbondiyan, the Campaign’s spokesperson, made this statement during a press conference yesterday in Abuja.
Ologbondiyan claimed that Tinubu’s nomination was invalid because of a Chicago court’s ruling that caused him to forfeit $460,000 in money that was from the sale and distribution of drugs.
“Nigerians are not unaware of the criminal matter involving the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in regards to his criminal conviction and sentencing by a court of competent jurisdiction in the United States over a criminal case of drug trafficking, for which Tinubu forfeited the sum of $460,000 to the state,” he said.
‘That the funds for $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 that these funds are forfeited to the United States pursuant to 21 U.S.C. S881(a)(6) and 18 U.S.C. S981’, the United States court in sentencing As
“It is obvious from the court’s declaration and the sentence that Asiwaju Tinubu was summarily convicted by the court; he took no action to appeal the decision but consented to the seizure of the $460,000 that was determined to be the proceeds of drug trafficking.”
The PDP campaign spokesperson noted that it is a well-known fact that drug trafficking is an international offense for which all countries are required by international treaties and laws to apprehend offenders, bring them to justice, and carry out any judgments rendered against them anywhere in the world, as well as the consequences of such judgments.
Convicted in the US, Tinubuis unable to run for office in Nigeria.
According to Section 137 (1) (d) of the 1999 Constitution, Nigeria, a signatory to the International Convention, is mandated to carry out the consequences of that conviction after having been found guilty and having admitted guilt as charged by way of forfeiting the $460,000. (as amended).
For the purpose of clarification, it should be noted that Section 137 (1) (d) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) states: (1) A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if….
He is subject to a death sentence imposed by any competent court of law or tribunal in Nigeria, as well as a sentence of imprisonment or a fine for any offense involving dishonesty or fraud (by whatever name called), as well as any other offense, 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.
According to him, the significance of the constitutional clause was that Tinubu “remains a convict and the consequent effect is that he cannot contest the election at any level in Nigeria” because he had been found guilty, fined, and subject to forfeiture of $460,000 and had not been granted a state pardon or been found not guilty by any court of competent jurisdiction.