Labour Party And Presidential Candidate Files Final Address

Labour Party and it’s presidential candidate Peter Obi had reportedly filed a joint petition challenging the results of the last general elections that saw Bola Ahmed Tinubu declared winner.

According to their final written address, the petitioners argued that Tinubu and Vice-President Kashim Shettima were not qualified to contest in the election.

Their final address reads in part; “It is submitted that the order of forfeiture made against the 2nd respondent by the US court…constitutes a fine, and it is in respect of an offence involving dishonest or fraud by a court,” the petitioners said.“It is submitted that by the express meaning and intendment of Section 137 (1) (d) of the 1999 Constitution, a person who, even though not convicted, has forfeited property on account of criminal conduct should not aspire to or be allowed to occupy the exalted office of president of Nigeria”.

“That is why the word “or” is used twice in section 137(1)(d) of the Constitution, meaning it carries a disjunctive meaning — to separate persons convicted from persons who, even though not sentenced, are affected by an order of a fine imposed by a Court – like the 2nd respondent in this petition.”

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