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Tinubu and APC Begs for Re-run Amidst Calls to Disqualify Tinubu

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In an unforeseen twist of events, the candidacy of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) is facing a tumultuous challenge as supporters of the party take to the streets in various cities across Nigeria, fervently urging that Tinubu not be disqualified from the presidential race. However, their plea faces significant hurdles, as courts are confronted with a substantial body of evidence that could potentially lead to Tinubu’s dismissal and removal from the electoral process. This comprehensive article delves into the key points of contention surrounding Tinubu’s eligibility, examining the intricacies of issues such as dual citizenship, alleged involvement in drug-related activities, electoral performance, and accusations of perjury.

  1. Dual Citizenship Question:

One of the primary concerns that have come to light is the alleged dual citizenship of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. It has been claimed that Tinubu possesses a Guinean diplomat passport, indicating that he may be a citizen of both Guinea and Nigeria. This alleged dual citizenship poses a direct challenge to Tinubu’s eligibility to run for the office of the president in Nigeria, as the country’s constitution expressly prohibits individuals with dual citizenship from seeking the highest office. If proven true, the penalty for such an infringement is outright disqualification and sack by the courts as the president.

The issue of dual citizenship in Nigeria has been a subject of controversy and legal scrutiny in previous political cases. Courts have consistently emphasized the significance of candidates’ loyalty and allegiance solely to Nigeria when running for the presidency, making the burden of proof critical in establishing Tinubu’s eligibility.

  1. Forfeiture of Proceeds from Drug Business:

Another significant aspect of the contention surrounding Tinubu’s eligibility stems from allegations that he forfeited a substantial amount of money to the United States government in the early 1990s due to alleged involvement in drug-related activities. Forfeiture, in this context, refers to the loss of property without compensation as a penalty for illegal conduct, including drug-related offenses.

While the details of the specific incident remain disputed, the mere existence of these allegations raises serious doubts about Tinubu’s suitability for the presidential office. The recent refusal by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to release documents related to this matter only serves to intensify the suspicions and speculations surrounding Tinubu’s past.

  1. Electoral Performance in FCT:

Tinubu’s electoral performance in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, during the last election has also been called into question. The Nigerian constitution stipulates that for a presidential candidate to be declared the winner, they must secure at least 25% of the votes in all 36 states, as well as in the FCT. However, in the last election, Tinubu only managed to secure 19% of the total votes in the FCT.

This discrepancy raises concerns about whether Tinubu meets the constitutional threshold for becoming the president of Nigeria. Past legal precedents, such as the 2003 election between Buhari and Obasanjo, indicate that courts have ruled in favor of candidates who obtained the required 25% in the FCT, even if they did not secure the most votes overall. As a result, the outcome of Tinubu’s case may hinge on the interpretation of these constitutional provisions and the application of past rulings.

  1. Allegations of Perjury:

Tinubu’s academic records, submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), have also come under scrutiny. Despite his sworn affirmation that these records exist, their verification remains pending. This situation raises concerns of perjury – the act of providing false information while under oath. If proven, perjury could be grounds for an outright disqualification from the presidential race.

The escalating controversy surrounding Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s eligibility for the presidential race has thrown Nigerian politics into a state of uncertainty. Supporters of Tinubu and the APC are fervently urging that he not be disqualified, but the weight of the evidence presented before the courts cannot be ignored. The dual citizenship question, allegations of involvement in drug-related activities, electoral performance, and accusations of perjury create a complex web of legal challenges that must be meticulously examined by the judiciary.

Amidst the mountainous evidence presented before the courts, both Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) find themselves in a precarious position, fervently pleading for a rerun of the election instead of an outright disqualification. The weight of the evidence against them has led them to consider this alternative, hoping for a chance to rectify any perceived shortcomings and regain their standing in the electoral process.

The nation watches with bated breath as the judiciary prepares to deliver its ruling, fully aware of the immense significance of this decision. The outcome of the court’s deliberation will not only determine Tinubu’s fate in the presidential race but could also have far-reaching ramifications for Nigeria’s broader political landscape.

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