Tinubu’s return certificate is a dud with no value – Datti Baba-Ahmed

THE Labour Party (LP) vice presidential candidate, Yusuf Datti Baba, has said the President-elect, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), cannot be sworn in as the President of Nigeria.

He said this on Wednesday, March 22, while speaking on Arise TV.

APC candidate, Bola Tinubu, won the election with 8,794,726 votes, defeating his major contenders, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Atiku Abubakar, who had 6,984,520 votes, and LP flagbearer, Peter Obi, who came a distant third with 6,101,533 votes.

Tinubu also had over 25 per cent of the votes cast in 30 states, more than the 24 states constitutionally required.

But the Labour Party VP candidate said Tinubu is constitutionally unfit to be the President.

According to Baba-Ahmed, there was a constitutional breach during the presidential poll that produced Tinubu as President-elect.

He described the certificate of return issued to him by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as “a dud” with no value.

He said swearing in Tinubu would be as good as swearing in a military regime.

“We cannot have a President-elect when there has been a constitutional breach. There’s a clear interpretation of Section 134 and INEC’s interpretation of Section 134.

“Asiwaju Tinubu is no President-elect. What he holds is a dud certificate that has no value.

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“Swearing in Tinubu is an assault on the constitution. Swearing in Tinubu is as good as swearing in a military regime,” Baba-Ahmed said.




     

     

    Meanwhile, the LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi, on Tuesday, March 21, filed a petition at the Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, challenging the declaration of Tinubu as the winner of the February 25 presidential election.

    The petition alleged that at the time of the election, Tinubu was not qualified to contest.

    The Labour Party also claimed the election was invalid due to corrupt practices and non-compliance with provisions of the Electoral Act 2022.

    Obi asked the tribunal to cancel the election and compel INEC to conduct a fresh election that would exclude Tinubu, his running mate Shettima, and the APC.

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