The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the February 25 polls, Atiku Abubakar, has filed a fresh petition with the Election Tribunal, seeking the disqualification of the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for holding dual citizenship of Nigeria and Guinea.
Tinubu’s Guinean diplomatic passport had surfaced on social media weeks ago, eliciting wide reactions with many commenting on how the President-elect of Africa’s largest economy lied to the nation’s electoral commission under oath.
Atiku, in his earlier petition in March, had raised four grounds in which he challenged Tinubu’s declaration as President-elect, citing issues of vote suppression, manipulation of ballots and ballot boxes, and manipulation of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System machines, among others.
However, in his fresh petition submitted to the Presidential Election Petition Court sitting in Abuja, Peoples Gazette reported that Atiku also accused Tinubu of not disclosing facts of his constitutional qualifications in his Form EC9 submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, contrary to the provisions of the law.
Atiku in his response filed through his lead counsel, Chris Uche, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said his identity, including age, state of origin and educational qualifications had never been in dispute.
In addition, the PDP presidential candidate alleged that Tinubu was unfit to lead Nigeria having been indicted for drug-related offences in the United States and made to forfeit a sum of 460,000 dollars as a compromise agreement.
A Guinean ambassador to the African Union for Agenda 2063, reportedly said that Alpha Condé, a former President of Guinea, had recognised Mr Tinubu as a special envoy.