The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council has filed a lawsuit against the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, urging the Independent National Electoral Commission to remove him from the February 25th election due to an alleged criminal case of drug trafficking that led to his sentencing by a court of competent jurisdiction in the United States and his subsequent forfeiture of $460,000 to the US authorities.
The council is requesting that the court declare Tinubu ineligible to contest the Presidential election by virtue of section 137 (1) (d) of the 1999 Constitution, and that the INEC immediately delist Tinubu as a presidential candidate and remove his name from all materials and documents related to the 2023 presidential election.
The campaign council called on those “those wasting their funds, time and energy” on Tinubu to back out immediately and focus on things more important to the nation.
Responding to the PDP press conference, the spokesman for the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, described the Atiku/Okowa Organization as a body deficient in ideas and originality.
Keyamo noted that until its APC counterpart took Atiku to court for alleged confession to have fraudulently helped himself to state resources while serving as Vice President; the PDP council did not know the road to court.
He said, “Why did they wait all these months until we filed before they are now rushing to court? I challenged them more than two months ago, yet they did nothing. It shows a team that is lacking in originality, lacking in ideas, and lacking in vision.
“It is just an attempt to create a counter-suit to our own. Unfortunately for them, Nigerians have seen through them already. They are Special Purpose Vehicles advocates that are trying to turn the tide of public opinion. Nigerians have decided; Nigerians have rejected them.
The council is also asking for an accelerated hearing in the case in the interest of the nation.