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Certificate controversy: Tell Tinubu to vacate office – Ex-APC chieftain tells US, EU, ECOWAS

A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has called on the European Union (EU), the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to prevail on President Bola Tinubu to vacate office over the controversy surrounding his certificate.

In a statement on Wednesday, Frank alleged that Tinubu forged the certificate presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), adding that he was constitutionally not fit to remain as president of Nigeria.

He stressed that it has been proven beyond reasonable doubt that Tinubu forged the certificate with which he contested the presidential election on February 25, 2023.

His words: “He is duty bound to vacate office as provided for in section 137(1)(j) of the constitution, which stipulates that no one would be legitimately elected as President of Nigeria if the person has “presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.” A constitutional matter with very grave implications.

“So we call on lovers of democracy, former Presidents, Rtd Justices of Supreme Court, traditional rulers, Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, National Association of Nigerian Students, Nigeria Medical Association, Nigerian Bar Association and Civil Society Organizations to prepare for mass action to ensure that Tinubu vacates office as president.

“We also call on the authorities of ECOWAS to ask him to vacate the office of the chairman; otherwise, every decision that ECOWAS will take under his leadership will be null and void and will not be respected.

“Under his leadership, ECOWAS will not have credibility to speak on major issues in the continent, including the coup in Niger, among others, since his legitimacy has now been eroded by reason of an established act of forgery.

“His actions negate democratic standards and charters to which Nigeria, ECOWAS and all African Union (AU) members subscribe.”

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