Dual citizenship: Tinubu has no business being President – PDP *Twitter suspends Hundeyin’s account
Few days after his expose that Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, has dual citizenship, having acquired a passport of Guinea, one the West African countries, David Hundeyin, has come under the axe of microblogging site, Twitter, with the locking of his account.
Hundeyin, an independent journalist mad his revelation on Saturday night, by the revelation, which some opposition parties and their supporters appeared to be feasting on, with the prospect of the information being listed as one of the grounds for the nullification of the victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who was declared winner of the February 25 presidential election, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Tinubu’s supporters in their thousands were said to have inundated Twitter with privacy complaints which triggered the automated system of the sit to flag the post for deletion, while also locking out the journalist from his account “for violating Twitter’s policy around personal identifying information.”
But Hundeyin, who said he had contacted Twitter to appeal the suspension, presenting a strong argument that Tinubu’s Guinean citizenship was a matter of national and public interest, said he was, however, unsure when the suspension would be lifted, adding that he hinged his argument on the fact that Tinubu was the president-elect of Africa’s largest economy with overarching public interest.
“After posting evidence of @officialABAT’s undisclosed dual citizenship and perjurous INEC EC9 declaration, West Africa Weekly founder @DavidHundeyin’s Twitter account has been maliciously reported for “posting private information” and is temporarily locked, tweeted @WestAfricaWeek, a digital publication owned by Mr Hundeyin.
“You may not publish or post other people’s private information without their express authorisation and permission,” Twitter wrote to Mr Hundeyin in a mail in the early hours of Monday.
Apart from the argument that reporting the tweet was an admittance that the passport indeed belonged to the former Governor of Lagos State, the development is being seen as a further stumbling block to the Tinubu presidency, in the light of Section 137 of the Constitution, which prohibits “anyone who has voluntarily acquired the citizenship of a country other than Nigeria” from being president.
Critics are also raising the issue perjury, saying Tinubu, not disclosing his dual citizenship, to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was a violation of the electoral laws and a criminal offence, as the commission’s Form EC-9 enjoined the candidate to fill it under oat.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has already joined the campaign to nullify Tinubu’s victory on that score, saying he ought not to have contested the election in the first place and that now the truth had been revealed, he ought to be stopped from assuming office of May 29, the last day in office of incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari.
Daniel Bwala, spokesman for the PDP Presidential Caouncil (PDP-PCC), brought the perspective of the party, when he used his Twitter handle to question the suitability of the APC candidate to be made President, given the latest situation.
He wrote: “If you are running for the office of the president, but you have acquired a passport of another country, meaning you have dual citizenship; and in your INEC form you ticked No for having another passport other than a Nigerian passport, what is the implication? Hmmm.
“Someone was trying to give an excuse for dual citizenship and said, “but the passport has expired.” Funny. Does the expiration of your passport take away your citizenship status?
BREAKING: All clear for Tinubu! S’Court dismisses PDP’s double nomination suit *Says, PDP a busy-body
For being a meddlesome interloper and a busy-body in bringing a case that was none of its business, the Supreme Court, on Friday slammed a N2million fine on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over its suit demanding that the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 25 presidential election be vitiated.
The main opposition party, had claimed that Kashim Shettima, being a candidate in a Senatorial election in Borno and as well as the running mate to Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate in the election, amounted to double Nomination, which is forbidden by the law.
Based on that, the prayed the apex court to declare the ticket null and void and the votes recorded for it in the election, through which they were declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), wasted, a prayer, which if it had succeeded, would pave the way for Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the party in the election to take over from Tinubu as the 16th President on Monday, when he is due to be inaugurated.
But the court, while dismissing the prayers, which originated from the Federal High Court Abuja, and travelled through the Court of Appeal, before it, agreeing with the positions of the lower courts which dismissed them on the ground of lacking in locus standi to institute the case.
But, Justice Adamu Jauro who read the Judgement, not only held that the PDP acted as meddlesome Interloper and a busy body as it is an internal affair of the APC, ordered the main opposition party to pay N2milllion, for its troubles, after establishing that its arguments tended to misleading the court, which was “sad”.
The court, which said it was aware of the case of Uche Nwosu, former governorship candidate in Imo State, the court, held that it did not applay in the instant case, as it agreed that Shettima withdrew his senate nomination on 6th July 2022 and was subsequently replaced and therefore, was no longer a candidate for the Senate before he picked up the running mate ticket, thus, making the allegation of multiple nomination untenable.
On the other hand, the court, held that Nwosu in his case, got nominated by two political parties for different positions, and having not being on all fours, PDP suit, was bound to fail right from the trial court, to the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court.
Accusing the PDP of attempts to use the social media to set a trap for the apex court to blackmail it, which he said was “painful, unfortunate and uncalled for,” the court said a political party had no right to challenge the action of another party, or the decision of INEC, in respect of another party, adding that for a person to have locus standi to challenge the nomination process of a political party, the person must be a neutral person and an aspirant to that position, and a member of the party.
Nigerians must allow the love they share abroad resonate at home – Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is worried that the level of love Nigerians abroad share among themselves is not replicated at home, adding that a situation where they are quick to become friends outside and enemies at home, must be stop. The former President, who acknowledged how Nigerians in the diaspora were making the country proud in their different areas of endeavour, told participants at an evening reception held at New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, that Nigerians in the diaspora must conduct themselves as good citizens wherever they domiciled.
Obasanjo, whose views were captured in a statement by, Kehinde Akinyemi, his spokesman, expressed satisfaction over the unity exhibited among Nigerians in the United States of America, urging them to reciprocate such togetherness when they are back home.
The former President, said to have spoken on behalf of a delegation of eminent traditional leaders and academics that included the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Saka Matemilola, was quoted as saying: “Nigerian nationals are often very united when they are abroad, but something else when they return to the country, therefore, I want to urge all to be good citizens, not only where you are, but when also you come home to Nigeria.”
Uproar, social media exchange of fire, over Ooni’s handshake with Pete Edochie, KOK
The exchange of handshakes between veteran actors Pete Edochie and Kanayo O. Kanayo with Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyey Ogunwusi Enitan, has spurred a flurry of reactions on social media, The Nation, is reporting.
The paper, which reviewed the viral video shared on Thursday, where Edochie and Kanayo approached Ooni’s table at Elizabeth Jack Rich’s 40th birthday party on Tuesday and exchanged Igbo “cultural” handshakes with the monarch, acknowledged the different meanings being read into it.
Social media users on Twitter took to the comment section of the video with some knocking the actors for disrespecting the tradition by exchanging handshakes with the monarch, while others praised Ooni for showing respect to the Igbo culture.
Man of Letters said: “Igbakeji Oorisa?! It’s acceptable that he received the cross-culture respect handshake with Pete Edochie because the man Pete carry, but what’s his excuse for doing it with Kanayo O Kanayo??”
Kelvin Odanz said. “Is this ceremony holding in the Ooni palace? I mean, if an Igbo man (from a culture that doesn’t bow to another man) meets the Ooni in the UK for instance, is it disrespectful if he chooses to greet the respected Oba in a way he was brought up to respect dignitaries?”
Another user Onyemauchi tweeted: “This man supposed be King for him community”
Another tweep tracesorba wrote: “Igbos don’t bow down to any man, An evolved or wise man is their our own Chi.”