The Peoples Democratic Party says the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is ineligible to contest the 2023 general elections having been allegedly indicted and subjected to criminal forfeiture judgement for a narcotic related offence by a United States Court in Northern Illinois, Chicago.
PDP’s Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba said this at a press conference held at the party’s Secretariat on Sunday in Abuja.
Accoring t him, Tinubu is “ineligible to contest the February 2023 Presidential election having been reportedly indicted and subjected to criminal forfeiture judgement for a narcotic-related offence by a United States Court in Northern Illinois.
“Nigerians are however appalled by the lame attempt by the APC Presidential Campaign which, after admitting that there was a $460,000 drug money criminal forfeiture judgment against accounts traced to the APC Presidential Candidate, is now desperately trying to pull a wool over the eyes of the Nigerians people and our democratic institutions.
“Seeing that it is technically out of the Presidential contest and further distraught because it cannot also field candidates at all levels in the 2023 general elections due to its illegal and unconstitutional congresses, the APC has resorted to unleashing hoodlums to attack PDP Presidential Campaign rallies and other innocent Nigerians going about their legitimate endeavors as witnessed in Kaduna and Borno States, in a bid to trigger crisis and scuttle the elections.”
The spokesperson quoted Section 137 (1) (d) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) to support his party’s position that Tinubu is not eligible to contest the Presidential election in Nigeria.
Ologunagba underlined the fact that the US Court “Ordered that the funds in the amount of $460,000 in account 263226700 held by First Heritage Bank in the name of Bola Tinubu represent proceeds of narcotics trafficking or were involved in financial transactions in violation of 18 U.S.C. S1956 and 1957 and therefore these funds are forfeited to the United States pursuant to 21 U.S.C. S881(a)(6) and 18 U.S.C S981.”
Recall that over the weekend, a documentary about Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s alleged involvement in drug trafficking and money laundering in Chicago was released by Nigerian investigative journalist David Hundeyin.
The documentary titled, “From Drug Lord to Presidential Candidate” has been watched on Youtube by over 146,000 people within 12 hours of its release.