The Obi-Datti Campaign Organisation has made a strong statement regarding President Bola Tinubu’s alleged involvement in the recent presidential election petition court (PREPEC) case in Abuja. According to the organisation, Tinubu’s legal team misled him and attempted to manipulate the justices of the five-man panel. President Tinubu had appealed to exclude the presidential candidate of the LP, Mr. Peter Obi, and his party from participating in any rerun election, claiming that only he and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, were constitutionally qualified to recontest in a rerun.
The LP, however, refuted Tinubu’s claim and stated that if there were to be a rerun, Tinubu would not be on the ballot due to damning evidence against him before the PREPEC. The evidence reportedly includes issues like certificate forgery, drug trafficking forfeiture, and the invalid nomination of his vice. The LP also alleged that Tinubu’s votes were impacted by votes allegedly stolen from Obi in Rivers and Benue states.
Regarding the case, Atiku Abubakar’s Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, expressed confidence that the court might overturn Tinubu’s election, considering the admission of certain fundamental facts during the adoption of final written addresses. These facts included Tinubu’s forfeiture of $460,000 through a US court judgment due to involvement in narcotics and money laundering offenses. Furthermore, the admission by INEC that Atiku won in 21 states of the federation added to the uncertainty surrounding Tinubu’s election.
Shaibu pointed out that Tinubu’s qualifications for the poll might also be scrutinized since he reportedly admitted on INEC form EC009 that he had not attended any primary or secondary school in Nigeria, contradicting his previous claim in 1998. In that earlier claim, Tinubu stated that he graduated from a primary school in Lagos and Government College Ibadan, Oyo State.
Overall, the situation surrounding Tinubu’s election and the possibility of a rerun election being declared is causing tension within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). However, it remains uncertain how the tribunal will rule in response to the evidence and arguments presented by both parties.
It is essential to note that the information provided is based on the statements made by the Obi-Datti Campaign Organisation and Mr. Phrank Shaibu. The legal process and its outcomes may differ from their perspectives, and any final decision will be made by the relevant authorities in accordance with the rule of law.