BREAKING: Major Crack In APC, As Former State Education Minister, Emeka Nwajiuba, Runs To Court With Video Evidence To Prove That Bola Tinubu Bribed The APC Delegates Heavily To Secure The Ruling Party’s 2023 Presidential Ticket, Seeks For His Disqualification, Others

Emerging report from The Punch, on Friday morning, indicates that the immediate-past Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, and a group, Incorporated Trustees of Rights for All International, RAI, have filed an originating summons before a Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking for an order declaring Nwajiuba as the authentic 2023 Presidential Candidate of the ruling APC, and disqualifying Bola Tinubu, for allegedly bribing his way to victory.

The Plaintiffs are also praying for the cancellation of the votes garnered by the 2023 Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar.

The first to sixth Defendants in the case with suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/942/22 are: the APC, the PDP, Tinubu, Atiku, the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Recall, that Nwajiuba polled only 1 vote at the June 8, APC Presidential primary election, where he was physically absent.

In the suit, the Plaintiffs accused Tinubu of bribing Delegates with United States dollars.

They also attached as evidence, a video recording showing the immediate-past Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, lamenting that the Delegates of the APC Presidential primary sold their votes.

“Those who voted at the APC primaries, who are they? They are ordinary Nigerians. The small money they got solved their immediate problem, now they are saying they made a mistake; you are now hearing different things”, Amaechi had said at the 60th birthday celebration of Apostle Eugene Ogu, the General Overseer of Abundant Life Evangel Mission, last week.

Based on the evidence, Nwajiuba and RAI presented 25 issues for determination by the court.

Specifically, the former State Minister asked the court to determine whether the composition of the Delegates contravened Article 11(A) 12(1) and 13(1) of the constitution of the APC.

He also asked the court to determine if the composition of the Delegates at the PDP Presidential primary election contravened Section 33(1) and (5) (C) of the constitution of the main opposition party.

The Plaintiffs prayed the court to determine whether having regards to the clear unambiguous and express provisions and tenor of Sections 6(6) (A) (B) and (C) read alongside Section 15(5) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, the court has the inherent judicial powers to nullify, cancel and declare as illegal, the Presidential primaries of both the APC and PDP.

Furthermore, Nwajiuba asked the court to determine if all the votes cast in favour of Tinubu and Atiku at the Special National Conventions of the APC and PDP are illegal, null and void and of no effect whatsoever, on the grounds of corruption and selling of Delegate votes and voter inducement.

Lastly, he prayed the court to decide if having regards to the express provisions of paragraphs 1 and 8 of the 5th schedule of the 1999 Constitution, the corrupt conducts of the “third Defendant (Tinubu) and the 4th Defendant (Atiku) in buying votes and corruptly inducing Delegates with dollars and naira in various sums to secure their votes at the Special National Convention, disqualifies them from further seeking, contesting and holding the Office of the President”.

Consequently, the former State Education Minister is seeking for 26 reliefs, including an order that the composition of Delegates at the APC and the PDP was not properly constituted.

Specifically, Nwajiuba asked the court to rule that Atiku and Tinubu along with their Agents bribed Delegates with dollars, and the votes they got should be declared illegal.

The Plaintiffs are seeking for a “declaration that the conduct of the 3rd (Tinubu) and 4th (Atiku) Defendants who by way of corrupt inducements of Delegates with US dollars which being a foreign currency and non-legal tender in Nigeria under the CBN Act… used the dollars for the inducement of votes in favour of the 3rd (Tinubu) and 4th (Atiku) Defendants, has rendered the votes they scored at the Special Convention of the 1st Defendant (APC) and the 2nd Defendant (PDP) illegal, void and invalid and of no effect whatsoever, and thus inhibiting (Tinubu and Atiku) from benefiting from the proceeds of their gross illegalities”.

The Plaintiffs also asked the court to declare that Tinubu could not be recognised as the Presidential Candidate of the APC, because the money he used in purchasing the APC form could not be traced to any business.

He asked the court to make a declaration that Tinubu lacks the minimum qualification to run for Office of the President, which is a Secondary School certificate, a document which he had failed to submit,but tendered his University certificate instead.

Finally, they are seeking for an order, “returning the 2nd Plaintiff (Nwajiuba) as the duly elected/nominated Presidential Candidate of the 1st Defendant (APC) being that by the operation of Section 90(3), the 2nd Plaintiff, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, is the only contestant out of the 10 contestants whose source of N100 million is verified, and complied with in the Electoral Act as contained in the print out of the names of the bank statement”.

In a supporting affidavit deposed to by one Abadom Chidinma, on behalf of the former Minister and the RAI, it was stated that the evidence presented to the court was genuine, including Amaechi’s claim and that of Chief Dele Momodu of the PDP, that votes were sold at the primaries.

The Deponent also argued that both the APC and the PDP have the obligation to observe the Federal Character principle in the selection of Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates, and that INEC ought not to accept any nomination that contravenes the country’s constitution.

Reacting however, the Head of Legal, Tinubu Campaign Organisation, Babatunde Ogala, said: “We are not aware of it. I am just hearing that for the first time. When Nwajiuba refers to us, we will respond.”

Also, the Director of Media and Communications, Tinubu Campaign Organisation, Bayo Onanuga, simply stated: “I cannot say much in that. We wish him good luck.”

Nonetheless, the Director-General of the Asiwaju Tinubu Presidential Campaign Organisation, Adebayo Shittu, challenged the Plaintiffs to prove their allegation of vote-buying.

His exact words: “Can Nwajiuba prove this allegation? As I once told you, these are frustrated people. Was he even at the unveiling of Kashim Shettima, his party’s Vice Presidential Candidate? No. He just like a few others, did not turn up. Did he even write the APC Leadership about this?

“Anyway, let him go to court and prove his case beyond reasonable doubt. The truth is that we cannot stop anybody going to court, if he has a genuine case and can tender the evidence. I mean, what he is alleging in this case is criminality, and he has to prove it. That is my position.”

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