The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has claimed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) does not have a legitimate presidential candidate for the 2023 presidential election as it asked the party’s candidate Bola Tinubu to withdraw from the presidential race.
The loss of monies by Tinubu to the US government, according to Debo Ologunagba, spokesperson for the PDP, demonstrates that he broke the law and is therefore ineligible to run for president.
“What Nigerians expect of Asiwaju Tinubu at this moment is to withdraw from the presidential race and apologise to the nation,” he said.
“The APC must come to terms that it is not in the presidential race and that it has no legitimate candidate at all levels in the 2023 general election as pronounced by the federal high court.
“The PDP, therefore, reminds Nigerians that any vote for the APC at the presidential, governorship, national and state assembly elections are wasted votes that will not count at the end of the day.
“The PDP calls on INEC not to succumb to the blackmail of the APC but to be focused and carry out its duties in accordance with the constitution and the electoral act so as the engender confidence in the citizens with respect to the integrity of those seeking public office in our country.
“It is instructive to note that trafficking in narcotics is an international crime to which all nations are obliged and mandated to apprehend, prosecute and enforce any judgment or court order imposed on offender.
“Nigeria, being a signatory to the international convention on trafficking in narcotics, is obliged to enforce any order or judgment imposed on any offender by a competent court anywhere in the world.”
Debo added that Tinubu avoids media discussions because he does not want to address inquiries over the forfeited monies.
Social media platforms were recently inundated with what seemed to be certified authentic copies of a settlement order issued by a US court located in the northern district of Illinois addressing confiscation of funds in several bank accounts totaling $460,000 linked to someone by the name of “Bola Tinubu.”
Festus Keyamo, a spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council, disputed assertions that the forfeited monies were connected to charges of illegal drug use while speaking about the development.
However, Keyamo claimed that Tinubu’s money forfeited to the US government was actually a tax deduction.
The PDP spokesman responded by criticizing Tinubu for the alleged forfeited monies and stating that the APC candidate for president must resign from the race and apologize to Nigerians.