By G9ija

The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Atiku-Okowa Presidential Campaign has commenced court proceedings for the disqualification of the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, due to a prior criminal conviction for drug trafficking in the United States.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) responded to the move by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to disqualify their presidential candidate Bola Tinubu from the election by accusing the PDP of lacking originality and copying their move.

The APC had previously taken legal action to disqualify the PDP’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, based on allegations of misconduct, what it termed as #Atiku-Gate and Special Purpose Vehicle, SPV, saga.

At a press conference yesterday, the PDP stated that Bola Tinubu’s criminal conviction in the United States disqualifies him from running for office. The Campaign’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, shared this information in Abuja.

Kola Ologbondiyan, stated that Bola Tinubu’s recent criminal conviction in the United States, specifically in relation to the sale and distribution of narcotics, renders him ineligible to run for office. The court’s decision resulted in Tinubu forfeiting $460,000 in proceeds.

He said: “Nigerians are not unaware of the criminal matter concerning the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in respect of his criminal conviction and sentencing by a court of competent jurisdiction in the United States over a criminal case of trafficking in narcotics for which Tinubu forfeited the sum of $460,000 to the state.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the United States court in sentencing Tinubu ordered that the sum 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. §1956 and 1957 and therefore these funds are forfeited to the United States pursuant to 21 U.S.C §881(a)(6) and 18 U.S.C §981.”

In addition to his statement, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP’s campaign spokesman, announced that the PDP has taken legal action to seek Tinubu’s disqualification from running for office.

He said, “Our campaign has proceeded to the court demanding that the court:

“Declare Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Presidential Candidate of the APC, as ineligible to contest the Presidential election by virtue of section 137 (1) (d) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) due to his criminal conviction.”