In a bid to escape the disqualification request of the Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Mr Peter Gregory Obi, President Bola Tinubu and his Deputy, Kashim Shetima on Wednesday at the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPEC) tendered 18 Exhibits to establish their requisite qualifications for the 2023 Presidetial Election.
While Tinubu for the second time in less than 24 hours, presented his records at the Chicago State University to the Court, Shetima tendered his letter of withdrawal from Borno South Senatorial race when picked to be Vice Presidetial candidate.
The Exhibits were tendered by Tinubu and Shetima to the court to debunk allegations of non qualification to stand for the 2023 presidential election.
Through their lead counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN, Tinubu separately put at the disposal of the Court a letter of February 3, 2003 signed by a former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Tafa Balogun requesting for the criminal records of Bola Ahmed Tinubu from the Embassy of the United States of America in Nigeria.
At the proceedings where they opened their defense in a joint petition of the LP and Obi, Tinubu tendered another letter from the US Embassy which in response to a Police letter, claimed not having any criminal records of Tinubu.
While the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress, APC did not object to tendering and admitting the documents as exhibits, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku vehemently kicked against admission of the documents.
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However, inspite of the vehement objection by PDP and Atiku, the Court admitted the documents as exhibits to be used to determine whether the President actually attended the Chicago State University and to determine whether he was convicted in the United States of America for any drug offences as alleged by Obi and his party.
Obi and Labour Party had predicated their joint petition seeking nullification of Tinubu’s election on the ground of not having requisite educational qualification, conviction for drug related offences by a US Court among others.
Besides the records on his educational background and absence of criminal conviction, Tinubu tendered several US Visas to establish his frequent visits to America and clearances obtained from the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS.
Meanwhile, the defense has been stepped down for calling of witnesses.
Garry Ochigbo, Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Bukky Alabi
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