The opposition has brought up Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and he has informed the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) that both his Guinean citizenship and his Guinean passport expired in 2020.
Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Tinubu’s lead attorney, made this claim while pleading with the tribunal to reject a Labour Party (LP) petition seeking Tinubu’s ouster from office.
In defence of Tinubu, his counsel stated that the Guinean passport presented as evidence by the LP’s PW27 had expired in 2020, emphasizing that the opposition party’s allegation of Tinubu’s dual citizenship was a deliberate attempt to embarrass the President.
“The PW27 tendered Exhibit PBF4 (Guinean passport), which, as usual, he claimed to have downloaded from the internet, purportedly representing the data pages of the respondent’s Guinean passport, which ex-facie shows that the passport expired in 2020.
“It is all guesswork, aimed at embarrassing the respondent,” Olanipekun told PEPC.
This comes in response to separate suits filed by Peter Obi (LP) and Abubakar Atiku (PDP) challenging Tinubu’s victory in the February 25 presidential election.
The petitioners, Parallel Facts gathered, claimed Tinubu is ineligible to hold the office of president due to his dual citizenship in Nigeria and Guinea.
They also accused Tinubu of failing to disclose pertinent information regarding his constitutional qualifications in his Form EC9 submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which goes against the provisions of the law.
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