The Presidential Election Petitions Court has dismissed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar’s, claim that President Bola Tinubu has dual citizenship and a drug conviction.
Justice Moses Ugo held in a judgement on the objections of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Tinubu grounds that the concerns centering on his non-qualification to run the February 25 presidential election were new ones.
He upheld the APC and Tinubu’s arguments that Atiku and the PDP could not sneak in new issues not pled in their petition on the basis of ineligibility.
Atiku had in his reply to Tinubu challenging submitted that he was constitutionally disabled from contesting for the office of President of Federal Republic of Nigeria because he forfeited the sum of $460,000 in a compromise agreement for narcotics related crime (proceeds of crime) in the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division.
Atiku also claimed that Tinubu failed to disclose in his form EC9 that he holds dual citizenship of Nigeria and Guinea, having voluntarily acquired the citizenship of the Republic of Guinea.