Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima submitted 18 exhibits to the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) to counter the disqualification request made by the Labour Party (LP) and its candidate, Peter Obi, in the February election, All Nigeria Latest News reports.
Tinubu, for the second time in less than 24 hours, provided his records from Chicago State University to the court, while Shettima submitted his letter of withdrawal from the Borno South Senatorial race after being selected as the Vice Presidential candidate.
Tinubu and Shetima submitted the exhibits to the court to refute allegations of non-qualification for the upcoming 2023 presidential election.
Led by their counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN, Tinubu submitted a letter dated February 3, 2003, signed by the former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Tafa Balogun, to the Court. The letter requested the criminal records of Bola Ahmed Tinubu from the Embassy of the United States of America in Nigeria.
During Wednesday’s proceedings, as they commenced their defense in the joint petition by the LP and Obi, Tinubu submitted another letter from the US Embassy. This letter, in response to the Police letter, stated that there were no criminal records of Tinubu.
INEC and the All Progressives Congress (APC) raised no objections to the submission and admission of the documents as exhibits. However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, strongly opposed the admission of the documents.
However, in spite of the vehement objection by PDP and Atiku, the court admitted the documents as exhibits to be used to determine whether the President attended the Chicago State University and to determine as whether he was convicted in the United States of any drug offences as alleged by Obi and his party.
Obi and LP had predicated their joint petition seeking nullification of Tinubu’s election on the ground of not having requisite educational qualification and conviction for drug-related offences by a US court, among others.
Similar exhibits had on Tuesday been admitted by the same court but in a different petition of Atiku and PDP, who are also asking the court to kick out Tinubu from the Presidency on the same grounds.
In addition to the records of educational background and the absence of criminal convictions, Tinubu submitted numerous US visas as evidence of his frequent visits to America. He also presented clearances obtained from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).
Meanwhile, the defense has opted not to call witnesses.