Speaking with newsmen during the demonstration, Johnson Kolawole Micheal, Program Officer for the Advocacy Center stated that the nomination is against the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s 1999 constitution (as amended).
According to him: “It’s with great displeasure that we have come out here today in our usual crusade against injustice.
“We bring to your notice a very grievous and fundamental breach of Section 66(1) (c) -(d) of our sacred Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) which breach is about the eligibility of a candidate to contest for an election into the House of Representatives or Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. For clarity the said provision is reproduced hereunder;
It states: Section 66(1): No person shall be qualified for election to the Senate or the House of Representatives if:
“c) he is under a sentence of death imposed on him by any competent court of law or tribunal in Nigeria or a sentence of imprisonment or fine for an offence involving dishonesty or fraud (by whatever name called) or any other offence imposed on him by such a court or tribunal or substituted by a competent authority for any other sentence imposed on him by such a court;
“we wish to bring to your notice that on the 1st of July, 2022, the Court of Appeal, sitting in Lagos sentenced Sen. Chief Peter Onyeluka Nwaoboshi to a prison term of 7 years following the 2 count charge of Fraud and Money Laundering leveled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. A copy of the said judgement is attached herein.
“By this conviction, the Sen. Chief Peter Onyeluka Nwaoboshi in the eyes of the law is regarded as a convict which standing alone is sufficient to disqualify him from standing in the 2023 elections, however in addition he was convicted on an issue that has to do with dishonesty and fraud”.
“The provisions of the Section 66 (1) (c)-(d) are absolutely clear on issues of who is qualified to contest and circumstances in which someone is not qualified to contest for the office of Senate, therefore with this conviction and in tandem with the above stated provisions we strongly urge you to immediately disqualify Sen. Chief Peter Onyeluka Nwaoboshi the nominated candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and delist his name from the list of qualified candidates for the office of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria representing the good people of Delta North.
“Failing to disqualify Sen. Chief Peter Onyeluka Nwaoboshi would amount to a serious disregard and fundamental breach of the provisions of our very sacred Constitution 1999 (as amended)”.
“As we have all seen in the activities of INEC under the leadership of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, he’s known for his strong adherence to the rule of law and justice and we urge him to use your good office to aid the good people of Delta North Senatorial District in their quest to find and elect a worthy representative to Senate of Nigeria”.
“We are confident that this issue would be given due consideration and expeditious action taken to protect the sanctity of our Constitution 1999(as amended)”.
“We are also confident that the law will be followed to the very last so no one across the country will be disenfranchised as the reform within the INEC continues to rebuild the lost confidence of Nigerians under the leadership of Professor Mahmood