In a surprising twist to the recent Nigerian presidential election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has admitted that its candidate and President-elect, Bola Tinubu, forfeited $460,000 to the United States government in 1993 following a drug trafficking allegation. However, the APC has refuted claims that Tinubu was convicted by the US as a result of the forfeiture.
The admission came during proceedings at the Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja, where the APC defended Tinubu against allegations that he was ineligible to run for president due to the drug trafficking incident. According to the APC, Tinubu’s funds were subject to a “civil forfeiture proceeding” in Case No: 93C4483, and the compromise terms that led to the forfeiture were preceded by Tinubu’s express admission on record that he did not admit to any drug-related or illicit conduct of dishonesty or fraud that fits into any of the grounds of disqualification.
Despite the APC’s defense, the revelation has raised questions about Tinubu’s credibility and possible implications for his presidency. Some have argued that the forfeiture alone should have disqualified him from running for office, while others have defended his right to contest. The details of this latest development are sure to stir up more controversy and speculation in the coming days.