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Tinubu’s candidacy: PEPC decides on fine by US over president

The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) has held that President Bola Tinubu was qualified to have contested the last presidential election.

During its ruling on Wednesday, September 6, the PEPC held the fine imposed on Tinubu by a United States court following a civil forfeiture proceeding, did not disqualify him from contesting in the poll.

In a judgment on Wednesday in the petition by Peter Obi and the Labour Party (LP), the court held that the fine imposed by the US court did not qualify as a fine for fraud or dishonesty provided in Section 137(1)(d) of the Constitution.

It added that the petitioners evidently failed to prove their case that Tinubu was disqualified by virtue of the decision of the US court.

Even more, it held that Obi and the LP did not comply with the requirement of Section 249(1) and (2) of the Evidence Act in proving conviction outside the country.

Speaking further, the court said the US court case was in respect of a civil case, not a criminal case, addi g even if it was to be a criminal case, Section 137(1)(e) of the Constitution, such conviction or flne must be within 10 years for s person to be disqualified.

 

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