Veteran journalist and political commentator Igho Akeregha has emphasised two points in the petition submitted by the candidate for the Labour Party that could be quickly decided by the court before the president-inauguration elect’s on May 29 as Nigerians continue to debate the contents of the petition filed by Peter Gregory Obi contesting the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Akeregha, a member of the National Guild of Editors, asserted during an interview on Africa Independent Television’s “Kaakaki” programme on Thursday that the allegations of drug charges in the United States levelled against Tinubu by Obi and Atiku Abubakar, along with the alleged case of double nomination of the APC’s vice-president-elect Alhaji Kashim Shettima, are two straightforward cases that the election tribunal can quickly resolve because of their crucial…… Continue Your Reading
He stated: “In Nigeria, it is the people who oversee processes that are the problems, not the law or the processes themselves. We have enough laws in Nigeria. In fact, there are two points in the petition that the election tribunal, if interested, can afford to deal with within a week. What are the issues I am talking about? Part of the Labour Party’s petition, and I think that of the PDP also, is alleging that the president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu was convicted on charges of drug trafficking in the United States. On this issue, the court needs not to waste our time. It can subpoena the US investigators who handled the matter to come into Nigeria and testify whether the allegations are true or not. This would make it easier because our laws allow for someone to be subpoenaed even from America.
The other aspect of the petition that can be quickly resolved is that of the alleged double nomination of the vice-president-elect of the APC, Shettima. At the point of being nominated as the vice-presidential candidate, there are allegations that he also submitted himself to be nominated for the Senatorial ticket in Borno State. So, this is a matter of documentation. The tribunal can simply recall these documents and look at whether indeed, Shettima put himself forward as a Senatorial candidate in Borno and also put himself forward as a VP candidate in the APC. If true, that is a double nomination in the face of the law and we know what the outcome can be. So, these two issues do not require so much rocket science and time wasting to determine what the judgements should be.”…… Continue Your Reading