The Presidential Election Petition Court, has struck out the Labour Party’s (LP) claims of drug trafficking claims against Bola Tinubu.
Justice Haruna Tsamani, the lead judge of the Presidential Election Petition Court, ruled in favour of the defence by Tinubu’s counsel.
The Tribunal ruled that Tinubu could not be disqualified on the basis of his forfeiture of drug money in the United States.
According to the PEPT, Tinubu was had been discharged by the Nigeria Police Force of any criminal issues in the US.
The court also agreed that Tinubu has been able to enter and exit the US, suggesting that he has
no criminal case.
Justice Tsammani ruled that the petitioners could not provide solid evidence to show that Tinubu was arraigned, took a plea, sentenced or fined in any criminal suit in the US.
“The order of forfeiture in Exhibit P5 on which the petitioners have relied does not qualify as a sentence of fine for an offence involving dishonesty or fraud within the confabulation of Section 137(d) of the 1999 constitution,” Tsammani stated.
The Tribunal maintained that civil forfeiture does not equal a conviction or a criminal charge.
LP had claimed that Tinubu was involved in a drug trafficking case where relinquished $460,000 to the United States of America through a case determined by a US District Court.