The judges of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal have stated that there is no record showing President Bola Ahmed Tinubu was arrested or convicted for any crimes.
Delivering a ruling on the petition of the Labour and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, the tribunal noted that struck out the petitioners claim that Tinubu’s forfeiture of funds in the USA amounts to a conviction of a criminal act.
It stated that President Bola Tinubu cannot be disqualified on the basis of his forfeiture of drug money in the United States.
The court said Tinubu was previously cleared by the Nigeria Police Force of any criminal issues in the U.S., which came through an enquiry the police had made to the U.S. law enforcement.
The court said Tinubu has been able to enter and exit the U.S., and that means he has no criminal case.
Presidential Election Petitions Court (PEPC) also rejected the testimonies given by 10 out of 13 witnesses called by the Labour Party (LP) and its 2023 presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Justice Haruna Tsammani, who read the judgement on Wednesday, the tribunal held that the witnesses’ statements of oath were incompetent and not admissible.
Earlier, the tribunal had ruled that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Bola Tinubu lacked the locus standi to challenge Obi’s membership of the LP.