The Labour Party’s Peter Obi has been requested to be disqualified from the 2023 presidential election by a group operating under the Tinubu-Shettima Connect banner.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, the group was responding to news that Julius Abure, the National Chairman of the Labour Party, had established an 11-member Diaspora Committee to coordinate fundraising events among other things.
The swearing-in took place a day after parties supporting the party in the diaspora promised to raise $150 million for Obi, and another N100 billion will come from supporters in Nigeria.
The organization requested that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) disqualify Obi and his running companion, Ahmed Baba Datti, for violating the election laws on funding campaigns in a statement released on Saturday and signed by its chairman, Adebanjo Moyosore.
In addition, the organization has pledged to file a lawsuit to stop the Labour Party from running in the 2023 presidential election due to its participation in acts that are illegal under the Electoral Act.
The Tinubu group asserted that it was unlawful to solicit contributions for political campaigns from outside the country through unidentifiable individuals or organizations and added that doing so would have negative effects.
It claimed that the Labour Party’s leadership had established a diaspora committee to raise money from Nigerians living abroad for Obi’s presidential campaign, which was not only “illegal but also criminal.”
“Section 85 of the Electoral Act has clearly explained this; 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 N5million, or (b) retain any fund or other asset remitted to it from outside Nigeria in contravention of section 225,” part of the statement reads.
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