The Tinubu-Shettima Connect, a pro-Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu presidency, Sunday, asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to disqualify Mr Peter Obi from contesting the 2023 presidential election over the $150m Diaspora Funding.
Obi is the presidential candidate of the Labour Party while Tinubu is that of the All Progressives Congress in the 2023 presidential election.
The group made the request through a release by its convener, Adebanjo Moyosore, which was made available to Adadareporters.com in Abuja.
The statement read in part, “It is a matter of great public concern as the country has moved from its old practice with INEC trying to put perfection to the electoral process.
“Unfortunately, a few individuals who think they can get away with deliberate act to undermine the electoral law of the land have already started making sinister moves even when the campaigns are yet to begin in earnest.
“Section 85 of the Electoral Act has clearly explained this. Also, Section 85 (a) (b) provides that any political party that:
“(a) holds or possesses any fund outside Nigeria in contravention of section 225 (3) (a) of the Constitution, commits an offence, and shall on conviction forfeit the funds or assets purchased with such funds to the Commission and in addition may be liable to a fine of at least N5,000,000.
“We therefore call on INEC to act and save our democracy from the hands of some desperate Nigerians.”
Meanwhile, Obi’s running mate, Dr Datti Baba-Ahmed, has responded to the group’s demand.
Dr Ahmed, via his Twitter handle, challenged other presidential candidates to seek acceptance among Nigerians in the diaposra.
He wrote, “Tinubu group asking Inec to disqualify Obi over $150m diaspora funding. Now do you think anyone would wish to donate their hard earned money if they don’t see a messiah in Obi? Anyway let any of the presidential aspirants visit US. I want to see something.”