- NDLEA has requested a federal high court in Abuja to dismiss a suit filed by the PDP and Dino Melaye, a chieftain of the party, against president-elect Bola Tinubu
- The NDLEA’s director of prosecution, Joseph Sunday, argued that the application by the PDP and Melaye was incompetent, noting it lacked merit and should not be entertained by the court
- The agency further stated that the suit was targeted at removing Tinubu as a bonafide candidate in the February 25 presidential election
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has asked a federal high court in Abuja to dismiss a suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The PDP and Dino Melaye, a chieftain of the party, had filed an order of mandamus to compel the NDLEA to arrest and prosecute Tinubu over an alleged forfeiture of funds relating to narcotics trafficking in the US.
In a preliminary objection filed on Wednesday, April 26, Joseph Sunday, director of prosecution of the NDLEA, said the application by the PDP and Melaye is “incompetent” and that the court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain it.
NDLEA faults PDP, Dino Mleaye’s suit against Tinubu
The anti-narcotics agency said the suit by the opposition party should be struck out because it is “political in nature”, adding that it is not in the interest of Nigerians, The Cable report added.
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“The doctrine of judicial self-restraint precludes this honourable court from delving into matters with political colouration or matters aimed at getting direct or indirect political goals,” the suit reads.
‘Legally unsustainable’ application
In an affidavit supporting the preliminary objection, Chia Depunn, a litigation officer attached to the NDLEA directorate of prosecution, said the agency has a “healthy relationship” with the US government, and that Tinubu’s name has “never featured in the exchanges” in a drug case between the two countries.
Buhari opens up on why Tinubu defeated Atiku, Obi, others
President Muhammadu Buhari has given a reason why the opposition parties lost the 2023 presidential election to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Buhari, in a veiled message, described Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party, who are major oppositions, as victims of over-confidence.
The president said during the electioneering, the APC was working hard to retain power, and the opposition parties were shrouding themselves in overconfidence.
Bola Tinubu: Atiku drops bombshell capable of halting May 29 swear-in
Nigeria’s president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has been accused of possessing dual citizenship of Nigeria and Guinea.
His archrival Atiku Abubakar made this development known in a new suit filed before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal for the 2023 polls.
As reported by PM News, the petition also questions Tinubu’s failure to obey the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) electoral guideline that mandates him to submit his original constitutional qualifications in his Form EC9 to the commission as demanded by law.
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