The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, on Tuesday filed his petition to challenge the victory of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 25 February election.
After announcing Tinubu as the winner of the election, the Independent National Electoral Commission declared him the “President-elect.” However, Obi filed a petition before the Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja, alleging that the election was marred by various irregularities, including the APC candidate’s non-qualification.
Obi cited Tinubu’s forfeiture of funds to the US government over a drug trafficking allegation as evidence that the former Lagos State governor had committed infractions that should have disqualified him from running for an election in Nigeria. Court documents from the US, as reported by SaharaReporters, linked Tinubu to a drug trafficking case and his subsequent forfeiture of $460,000 to the American government.
On February 18, 2009, the newspaper obtained original copies of the judgment in the case of United States versus Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in which the ‘President-elect’ was charged (along with other defendants) in a case of massive drug trafficking and money laundering.