The Inspector General of Police Louis Edet House Force Headquarters Shehu Shagari Way Central Business District Area 11, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria.
COUNTER-PETITION TO THE PETITION OF A GROUP CALLED CENTRE FOR REFORM AND PUBLIC ADVOCACY (CRPA) AGAINST ASIWAJU BOLA AHMED TINUBU, THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OF ALL PROGRESSIVE CONGRESS IN THE FORTHCOMING GENERAL ELECTION CONCERNING HIS SCHOOL CERTIFICATE THAT THIS GROUP DID NOT HAVE LOCUS STANDI TO DO SO UNDER THE NIGERIA CONSTITUTION AND THAT THE PETITION OF THIS ORGANISATION IS MALICIOUS AND A MERE ACADEMIC EXERCISE.
We act as solicitor to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) in the forthcoming general election of Bourdillon Street, Ikoyi, Lagos (who hereinafter be referred to as ‘our client’) and on whose brief we write this petition/reply vide as follows.
That our client informed us Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu that he is the presidential nominee candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) in the forthcoming general election. That our client has been in political struggle for the benefit of all Nigerians generally far back as during the days of NADECO and the military juntas/oppression, propaganda and military dictatorship.
We could recalled during the 1990s when the ex-head of state was trying to eliminate so many prominent Nigerians like Prof. Wole Soyinka, Kokori, Gani Fawehinmi, Kudirat Abiola, Ken Saro Wiwa, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and so many others. So many of them have to go on exile in order to save their life from the military junta and dictator.
That it was when our client was on exile, that his house was raided/ransacked/burgled by thieves, miscreants and looters. It was during the looting of his house that his certificates got missing. That he has deposed to an affidavit to that effect which is a statement of fact that will follow him to the graveyard.
That up till now there is no any counter affidavit from any quarter to show that all these depositions are false. We humbly apply to your office Sir that one can only use counter affidavit to rebuff any statement of fact, since there is no such counter affidavit before your office we want you to dismiss the petition of this group because it lacks merit.
That this petition written by Centre for Reform and Public Advocacy (CRPA) on 25th June, 2022 is malicious and it has political undertone. That this issue of certificate of our client has been raised in the past by other politicians which has been thrashed out and has become a mere academic exercise. If they think they have any remedy in law under the Nigeria Law they should approach the court of law rather than hiding under the umbrella of the Police threatening the Office of the Inspector General of Police to obtain an order of mandamus against the Inspector General of Police if the Inspector General of Police fails to charge our client. That we want the Inspector General of Police to know that all what they have asked for through your Office is known as malicious prosecution in law and which has robbed your office of it jurisdiction. That we submit with respect Sir, that your office lacks jurisdiction over this matter.
That Centre for Reform and Public Advocacy (CRPA) lacks locus standi to apply to your office that our client be tried or investigated because our client did not have any business with them. They are busybody trying to look for cheap popularity since our client is a big fish. That there is no how they can prove that the lost documents of our client have affected them more than other Nigerians.
That our client demands for the following remedies from the group through your office as follows: That the activities of Centre for Reform and Public Advocacy (CRPA) be investigated. To check whether the association is duly registered. That all the certificates of their members from primary to secondary schools and tertiary institutions be investigated first.
That none of their members must have at any stage in life deposed to any affidavit for loss of documents or change of name since they have seen it as a crime to do so under the Nigeria Law.
That finally, it is never a crime under the Nigeria Law or common law for our client to depose to affidavit of loss of documents. The law permit that. That it is one of the principle of law that he who wants to come to equity must come with clean hands and if he is not coming with clean hands he must be ready to do all things.
That this group – Centre for Reform and Public Advocacy – are not coming with clean hands. That we are battle ready to raise legions of lawyers to defend our client and the Yoruba race. We humbly apply that the petition of Centre for Reform and Public Advocacy’s petition against our client be dismissed because it lacks merit and they don’t have a locus standi in law to do so.
And we equally apply to your office Sir, to investigate the activities of this group first and charge them for malicious prosecution if found culpable as the law is no respecter of anybody be you principality or whatsoever. With warmest regards.