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Presidential Tribunal Rules on Tinubu’s Drug-dealing Allegations

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The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) has officially ruled that President Bola Tinubu cannot be disqualified from running in the presidential election based on allegations of his involvement in drug-related money forfeiture in the United States.

This significant verdict was delivered on Wednesday, September 6, by Justice Haruna Tsammani, who led a five-member panel at the PEPT.

In their decision, the court emphasized that Tinubu had previously been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in the United States by the Nigeria Police Force. This clearance was the result of an inquiry conducted by the Nigerian police, which involved collaboration with U.S. law enforcement agencies.

The court also pointed out that President Tinubu has been able to freely travel to and from the United States, a fact that strongly suggests he does not have any pending criminal cases in the country.

Justice Tsammani highlighted that the judgment concerning the forfeiture of $460,000 in a drug-related case involving Tinubu in the United States was issued in a civil proceeding in which Tinubu was not a party. Therefore, it should not be considered as a factor that disqualifies him from running for the presidency.

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