President Bola Tinubu has informed the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal that his Guinean citizenship has expire in 2020, the same year that the opposition raised the issue of his Guinean passport.
Wole Olanipekun (SAN), the lead attorney for Tinubu, stated this assertion while asking the tribunal to reject a petition from the Labour Party (LP) calling for Tinubu’s resignation.
The LP’s PW27 had given Tinubu’s passport from Guinea as proof, but Tinubu’s attorney claimed that it had expired in 2020 and that the LP’s assertion that Tinubu had dual citizenship was an intentional ploy to discredit the President.
Lastly, the PW27 tendered Exhibit PBF4 (Guinean passport), which as usual, he claimed to have downloaded from the internet, purportedly representing the data pages of the respondent’s Guinean passport, which ex facie shows that the passport expired in 2020. It is all guesswork, aimed at embarrassing the respondent.
Tinubu’s claim comes in response to the LP and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) challenging his victory in the February 25 presidential election. The petitioners claim Tinubu is ineligible to be president because he holds dual citizenship in Nigeria and Guinea