Atiku Abubakar’s Insistence on Unseating Tinubu: Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, remains resolute in his challenge against the victory of President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress in the February 25 presidential election. Atiku asserts that the declaration of Tinubu as the winner was unjust and unconstitutional, and he is adamant that Tinubu must be unseated.
Drug-Related Forfeiture Case Controversy: Atiku’s final address before the Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja highlighted the key issue of Tinubu’s alleged involvement in a $460,000 drug-related forfeiture case in the United States. Atiku argued that Tinubu’s admission and confirmation by witnesses raised concerns about his eligibility to contest for Nigeria’s presidency, given the nature of the charges against him.
Forfeiture Case and Constitutional Challenge: Atiku’s lead counsel, Chief Chris Uche, SAN, presented evidence to support the claim that the $460,000 forfeiture to the United States Government was linked to narcotics trafficking and money laundering activities. Atiku’s team invoked Section 137 of the 1999 Constitution, urging the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to nullify Tinubu’s victory on the grounds of imputed criminal activities that led to the seizure of property or money.