Bola Ahmed Tinubu’ Nigeria’s president-elect may likely face disqualification after a Guinean passport bearing his name surfaced moments ago.
An investigative journalist, David Hundeyin, released what he called a diplomatic passport document bearing the name Bola Ahmed Tinubu the President-elect announced by the Independent electoral Commission (INEC). In the bio data of the passport document posted by Hundeyin, it showed that an image of Mr. Tinubu’s bio page from his passport from Guinea Conakry which the investigative journalits says it’s a diplomatic category travel document.
Hundeyin’s revelations had since set Twitter on fire with Jackson Ude, another journalist based in the United State of America, shedding more light to the allegation.
Ude in his reaction alleged that “Ousmane Yara, a close confidant of former President Alpha Conde, facilitated the issuance of Guinean passport to Bola Tinubu. Yara who also supplies marabouts to President Mohammadu Buhari, also does same for Tinubu. Yara is politically connected in Guinea.”
“An Aide to former President Alpha Conde of Guinea has just confirmed to me that Bola Tinubu was issued a Guinean Passport but that he was not sure if it was a Guinean Diplomatic Passport or a regular Passport. He confirmed that he took Tinubu to Conde and they became friends!
— David Hundeyin (@DavidHundeyin) April 15, 2023
The electoral act states that a Nigerian vying for the office of President cannot dual citizenship, in light of the recent revelations if proven to be true, Tinubu stands a chance of losing his status as President-elect and further hamper his political future. Bola Tinubu was declared the winner of the election on February 25, 2023, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The February 25, 2023 election remains one of the keenly contested election is Nigeria in recent times characterized by numerous infractions and controversies as widely reported by Civil Society Organizations in Nigeria and abroad, as well as international observers who witnessed some ugly sides of the election.
According to reports, a normal examination into the financial holdings of Nigerian politicians led to the discovery of the Guinea Conakry passport.
Also recall that multiple media reports in the past has linked Tinubu to Guinea, portraying him as a highly influential figure in the country who allegedly played a major role in influencing a Presidential election on October 11, 2015 that saw the emergence of 77 year-old President Alpha Conde.
The Nigerian Constitution, Chapter 6, Part 1, Section 137 clearly states,
A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of the president if -(a) subject to the provisions of section 28 of this Constitution, he has voluntarily acquired the citizenship of a country other than Nigeria or, except in such cases as may be prescribed by the National Assembly, he has made a declaration of allegiance to such other country.
Reacting to the development, Nigerian tweeps called on lawyers across the country to sue the president-elect with perjury.
REACTIONS OVER TINUBU’S ALLEGED GUINEAN DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT
This is how Bola Ahmed Tinubu got his Diplomatic Passport from Guinea Conakry and became “friend and Brother” to the President (Alpha Condé)
He organised election Machinery from Nigeria to help Condé rig the election in 2015 against the wish of the people.
— Da Middle Belt Ochanya (@Kritical_tots) April 16, 2023
Is Tinubu a Nigerian or from Guinea Conakary?
Guinea Conakry is know for organised crime and drug peddling!
— 👁 (@Ollawaski) April 15, 2023
Since it has been discovered by David Hundeyin that Tinubu is also a citizen of Guinea Conakry, if Tinubu lied on his data page with INEC, he’ll be sued for perjury, and that’s a serious crime. So many questions, allegations and facts surrounding why Tinubu can’t be President
— Duke of Africa (@Allezamani) April 16, 2023
NO COUNTRY GIVES DIPLOMATIC PASSPORTS TO FOREIGNERS. So what is Bola Ahmed Tinubu doing with one from Guinea ?. Why Guinea-Conakry ?.
There is a coincidence, THEN THERE IS A PATTERN. pic.twitter.com/8miiP5HYSF
— Damian. (@BigChiefDamian) April 16, 2023
Obviously, we've not been paying attention to these Guinea-Conakry hints. It's everywhere. pic.twitter.com/7V7ZwspKaU
— #4thArmOfGovt (@ayemojubar) April 16, 2023
If the reports that Bola Tinubu is a citizen of Guinea Conakry is true, he is patently not qualified to be the President of Nigeria. Section 137 of the 1999 Constitution says anyone who voluntarily acquires citizenship of another country is not qualified for Election as President pic.twitter.com/gLkMEA143b
— FESTUS OGUN (@mrfestusogun) April 16, 2023