The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership announced on Sunday, that it was looking into legal options to force the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to uphold the decision of a US court in Illinois, Chicago, indicting Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC), for drug-related offences.
At a news conference in Abuja, Debo Ologunagba, the PDP’s national publicity secretary, emphasised that “all alternatives are on the table as we have done before.”
The PDP claims that because Tinubu has been charged with drug-related offences and Nigeria is a signatory to international agreements against the use of narcotics and money laundering, Tinubu is ineligible to run for president in the upcoming election under Section 137 of the 1999 Constitution.
Addressing a press conference, Ologunagba said Tinubu was complicit in the drug-related conviction because there would be no forfeiture of assets if he were not an accessory to the crime.
PDP called on
INEC not to succumb to the blackmail of the APC but to be focused and carry out its duties in accordance with the constitution and the Electoral Act so as to engender confidence in the citizens with respect to the integrity of those seeking public office in our country.
The PDP national publicity secretary stated;
Despite the unrelenting attacks by the All Progressives Congress (APC), as witnessed in our presidential campaign rallies in Kaduna and Borno states, our party has remained undeterred in the bid to rescue our nation from the suffocating misrule of the APC.
However, as we prepare for the 2023 general election, the APC is busy scheming to create tension, induce violence, frustrate the conduct of the 2023 general election and derail our democratic process, having realised that it does not have an eligible presidential candidate for the polls.
It is no longer news that the presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is irredeemably and hopelessly ineligible to contest the February 2023 presidential election, having been reportedly indicted and subjected to criminal forfeiture judgement for a narcotic related offence by a United States court in Northern Illinois.
Nigerians are, however, appalled by the lame attempt by the APC presidential campaign, which after admitting that there was a $460,000 drug money criminal forfeiture judgement against accounts traced to Tinubu, is now desperately trying to pull a wool over the eyes of the Nigerian people and our democratic institutions.