A civil rights organisation under the auspices Center for Reform and Public Advocacy, CRPA, has given the Inspector-General of Police a 48-hour ultimatum to arrest and initiate criminal prosecution against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, for allegedly supplying false academic qualifications to secure the nomination.
The organisation threatened that should the IGP fail to act, court action would be instituted against him for an order of mandamus to compel him to effect the arrest of Tinubu at the end of the ultimatum.
This is coming on the heels of the old video of Bode George saying the APC flag-bearer has no certificate as claimed, which has since been trending on social media.
The Legal Adviser of the CRPA and human rights lawyer, Agu Kalu, issued the threat during a press conference in Abuja on Saturday.
But when contacted, the Director (Legal Directorate), Tinubu Campaign Organisation, Babatunde Ogala (SAN), told our correspondent that they were ready to defend against the threats and allegations.
He clarified that the APC presidential candidate has complied fully with the provisions of the Electoral Act.
“There is nothing to respond to them, the Electoral Act is clear. We are waiting, let them go, let them bring the writ, we will defend it. I think we have gone past this stage of some people on social media, for whatever reason in the media, issuing threats.
“If they have anything, let them bring it. As far as we are concerned, our candidate has complied fully with the provisions of the Electoral Act. If they want to go to court, let them go to court.
“But we must also let them know that we are not unconscious of the laws of defamation in the country.
“We know the difference between a court process that is privileged and making unfounded allegations in the Newspapers like they are doing now,” Ogala was quoted by PUNCH as saying.