- Peter Obi has been swept up in a group claiming that the Labor Party’s presidential candidate is a US citizen.
- INEC and the Labor Party unite in the lawsuit filed in a Federal High Court in the Nigerian capital, Abuja
- In October 2022, Obi was awarded honorary citizenship by the Mayor of Dallas for his exemplary leadership qualities.
FCT, Abuja – The National Rescue Movement (NRM) has taken Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi to court for alleged possession of dual citizenship.
In a disqualification complaint marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1842/2022 in the Federal Superior Court, the plaintiff accused Obi of acquiring citizenship from Dallas in Texas, United States of America in violation of sections 1 and 137 of the Constitution. from Nigeria.
Punch newspaper reports that the defendants in the lawsuit are INEC, Peter Obi and the Labor Party as 1st to 3rd defendants respectively.
The plaintiff is asking the court for an order to disqualify Obi from the presidential race for breaching the 1999 Constitution.
The NRM also sought a life term order preventing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognising, negotiating or granting Obi any right or privilege to stand in the presidential election.
To establish its case, the party submitted a photograph and a video recording of the presentation of the certificate of citizenship to Obi.
Judge Inyang Edem Ekwo reprimanded the plaintiff for failing to deliver the summons to the defendants and then set Friday, February 10, to mention the lawsuit.
Ekwo threatened to annul the case if the plaintiff did not serve the lawsuit on the defendant before the adjourned date.
In a 14-paragraph affidavit in support of the lawsuit, Obi was said to have voluntarily acquired Dallas citizenship and the certificate of citizenship presented to him by Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson.
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Meanwhile, Obi has said Nigeria is too fragile to be handed over to a sick person in the upcoming 2023 presidential election.
The Labor Party presidential candidate made the statement while speaking recently at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
He advised Nigerians to be wary of who they vote for in the upcoming elections, because of the stakes.
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For his part, LP National Chairman Julius Abure has declared that only Obi can rescue Nigeria from its current state of crisis.
Abure made the comment in Akure, Ondo state, during a meeting with all campaign groups working for Obi’s victory.
He said the government led by the Congress of All Progressives has hit the country’s economy, hence the need to oust the party in the upcoming 2023 presidential election.