$460,000 forfeiture: Atiku initiates court action against Tinubu

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In what sems like a counter legal move, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said it is heading to court to ensure the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu is disqualified from the race following his alleged forfeiture of $460,000 to the United States government over a narcotic case.

The PDP added that under the 1999 Constitution (as amended), Tinubu cannot contest election at any level in Nigeria.

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Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the spokesperson of Atiku/Okowa campaign organisation, Kola Ologbondiyan said the campaign has proceeded to court to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately delist Tinubu as APC presidential candidate or any other political party for that matter and expunge his name from all materials and documents related to the 2023 presidential election.

Ologbondiyan said the United States Court in sentencing Tinubu, ordered that the funds in the amount of $460,000 be forfeited to the United States pursuant to 21 U.S.C. S881(a)(6) and 18 U.S.C S981.

“From the declaration of the Court and the sentencing, it is clear that Asiwaju Tinubu was summarily convicted by the Court, he took no step to challenge the judgment but acceded to the forfeiture of the $460,000.”

Ologbondiyan said trafficking in narcotics is an international crime which all nations are obligated by international conventions and statutes to arrest, prosecute and implement any court judgment imposed on offenders anywhere in the world, as well as the consequential effects of such judgements.