Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the February 25 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, has reiterated that the declaration of Bola Tinubu as Nigeria’s president is unlawful and unconstitutional.
In his final address supporting his petition seeking the nullification of Tinubu’s victory, Atiku emphasized that Tinubu must be removed from office to cleanse the country’s political landscape.
Atiku argued that Tinubu’s personal admission and confirmation by his witness of forfeiting $460,000 to the American government over narcotics trafficking and money laundering disqualify him from contesting for Nigeria’s presidency.
He dismissed the claim that Tinubu forfeited the money in a civil court action, stating that the forfeiture was due to the indictment of Tinubu by a United States court.
Atiku’s lead counsel, Chief Chris Uche, SAN, endorsed the final address, citing the relevance of the forfeiture of the $460,000 in the United States District Court’s records.
He maintained that the forfeiture, whether “civil” or “criminal,” is derived from the commission of a crime, making Tinubu’s forfeiture proceedings fall within the disqualification list in Section 137(1)(d) of the 1999 Constitution.
Atiku urged the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to invoke Section 137 of the 1999 Constitution to nullify Tinubu’s declaration as president on account of his narcotics crime and remove him from office.
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