2023: INEC To Delist Tinubu, APC? Court Gets Tough Call, Jagaban's Supporters React
- Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu's camp is opposed to calls from the Action Alliance to the Federal High Court to give an order for him to be delisted by INEC
- Pro-Tinubu groups, Asiwaju Progressive Forum and South West Agenda for Asiwaju 2023, have said that Tinubu has the right to defend himself in court
- The groups' national co-ordinators also vowed on Wednesday, June 29, to meet AA in court and defeat it
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Supporters of Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu have kicked against calls from Action Alliance (AA) to the Federal High Court to prevail over the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in delisting the former Lagos governor.
In a suit filed before the court, the AA's lawyer, Upkai Ukairo, alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its flagbearer are not qualified to participate in the 2023 presidential election on alleged forgery committed by Tinubu in 1999, Punch reports.
Referring to Tinubu, part of the suit claimed:
“...the third defendant is a person who is not qualified for election to the office of President of Nigeria on the grounds of alleged forgery.
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“The 3rd defendant knew he did not possess all the educational qualifications he listed in the said INEC form."
Based on this position, Ukairo stated that the court should declare that Tinubu, “having in 1999 presented a forged certificate to INEC, is not qualified to contest for the office of President.”
However, this has brewed serious reactions from the camp of the APC national leader.
The chairman of the South West Agenda for Asiwaju 2023, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, said the group is ready to meet and defeat the political party in court
Senator Adeyeye said:
“Well, they said they are in court, we will meet them in court and of course, they will be defeated in court because Tinubu will contest the election and win so that group better go and find better ways of campaigning."
On his part, the national coordinator of the Asiwaju Progressive Forum, Adewale Adeogun, noted that Tinubu has the right to defend himself in court.
Adeogun said the allegation is coming from persons who are intimidated by Jgaban's candidature.
“I know that they are being sponsored by those who are intimidated by Asiwaju’s candidature.”
“Since the AA has chosen to go to court, and I am sure court is meant for humans, and not animals, then Asiwaju will be able to defend himself in the court of law."
2023: My original certificate missing, Masari, Tinubu’s running mate tells INEC
Meanwhile, Kabiru Masari, the running mate to Tinubu had told INEC that his original certificates were missing.
The development came amid the controversy over the primary and secondary school certificates of Tinubu.
Reports had it that Masari in particulars submitted to INEC deposed to an affidavit on the loss of his primary and secondary schools certificates.