Tinubu denies owning dual citizenship, says his Guinean passport expired in 2020

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu denies owing dual citizenship, saying his Guinean passport expired in 2020.

Tinubu made the claim through his lead counsel, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) at the  Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

According to Tinubu’s counsel, the President’s Guinean passport tendered before the court by the Labour Party’s PW27 expired in 2020, adding that the opposition party’s claim on Tinubu’s dual citizenship is aimed at embarrassing the President.

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Olanipekun said, “Lastly, the PW27 tendered Exhibit PBF4 (Guinean passport), which as usual, he claimed to have downloaded from the internet, purportedly representing the data pages of the respondent’s Guinean passport, which ex facie shows that the passport expired in 2020. It is all guesswork, aimed at embarrassing the respondent.”

Tinubu’s claim comes in response to challenges to his victory in the February 25 presidential election by the LP and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The petitioners allege that Tinubu is ineligible to hold the office of president due to his dual citizenship in Nigeria and Guinea.


They accuse Tinubu of failing to disclose pertinent information regarding his constitutional qualifications in his Form EC9 submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which goes against the provisions of the law.

The petitioners argue that Tinubu was constitutionally disqualified from running for president.

Recall that Tinubu had warned the Presidential Election Tribunal not to annul the 2023 election on the grounds that obtaining 25 percent of the votes in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja was a constitutional requirement for being elected as the country’s president.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Tinubu as the winner of the February 25 presidential election with 8,794,726 votes while Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and Peter Obi of the Labour Party came second and third respectively with 6,984,520 votes and 6,101,533 votes respectively.

Atiku and Obi alongside their parties subsequently challenged the outcome of the presidential election by filing petitions to the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja.

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One of their arguments is that Tinubu failed to secure 25 percent of the valid votes cast in the Federal Capital Territory, as stipulated by the Nigerian Constitution.

Tinubu only secured 19 percent of the valid votes cast in the FCT.

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