2023 presidency: PDP wants Tinubu disqualified

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) yesterday said it will file a suit to seek the disqualification of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, from the 2023 contest over his alleged conviction by a US court.

Addressing a press conference at the PDP Presidential Campaign office in Abuja, the spokesman for the campaign council, Kola Ologbondiyan, said by virtue of the “criminal conviction and sentencing by a court of competent jurisdiction in the United States,” Tinubu is no longer qualified to contest any election in Nigeria.

He asked the court to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately delist Tinubu as the presidential candidate of the APC or any other political party and expunge his name from all materials and documents related to the 2023 presidential election.

He also said the listing of the name of Bola Tinubu, who stands convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction, on the ballot for the 2023 presidential election is, by virtue of Section 137 (1)(d) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), fundamentally illegal, invalid, and must be expunged immediately.

Reacting, the Director of Public Affairs and spokesman for the APC Presidential Campaign Council, and Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), said, “it is just an attempt to create a counter suit to our own.”

Keyamo 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.”

By Baba Martins & Saawua Terzungwe

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