While awaiting the final written addresses from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party within 10 days, the Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja received the testimony of Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, the Senate Majority Leader. The PDP sees this testimony as a confirmation of its claim that the $460,000 forfeited by President Bola Tinubu was connected to drug racketeering. The party argues that Bamidele cannot defend the figures declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the results of the 2023 presidential election in Kano State because he was not present in the state or at the collation center on election day.
During the court hearing, Senator Bamidele, who was the main witness for the All Progressives Congress (APC), stated that President Tinubu faced no criminal charges in a US court. He emphasized that the forfeiture order against the president for $460,000 was a civil matter and not a replacement for criminal charges. He further asserted that Tinubu was not found guilty nor subjected to any punishment.
In response, the PDP, through its Publicity Secretary, shared a post on its Whatsapp platform stating that Senator Bamidele’s testimony confirmed that Bola Tinubu forfeited $460,000 earned from drug trafficking in the USA and failed to disclose it in his nomination forms submitted to INEC. While Bamidele argued that the forfeiture was civil rather than criminal, the PDP maintains its stance.
“He cannot defend the spurious figures declared by INEC as results of the 2023 presidential election in Kano State because he was not in the state and was not also at the collation center on the day of the election.
“Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the APC only made 19.5 percent in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and didn’t score up to 25 percent as stipulated by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999 as amended).
“Two presidents before the fraudulent announcement of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the president made 25 percent in Abuja, and Tinubu is the first to be wrongly declared without getting the stipulated 25 percent in Abuja,” PDP explained.
PDP’s statement was titled: ‘How Tinubu, APC Validated PDP/Atiku’s Petition at the Presidential Election Petition Court.’
The major opposition party emphasized that given the substantial evidence presented in court, both Nigerians and the global community anticipate that the judiciary will restore its integrity by taking the necessary steps to declare their candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as the legitimate victor of the election.
The party further stated that the judiciary bears a significant responsibility in ensuring that justice is upheld, as the future of Nigeria is hanging in the balance.