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Lawsuit Against Nigeria Presidential Candidate Aims to Settle

  • Ex-governor accused of hiding control of private tax firm
  • Founder and company are discussing out-of-court resolution
Bola Tinubu

Bola Tinubu

Photographer: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

Adversaries in a Nigerian lawsuit in which a leading presidential candidate is accused of secretly controlling the private company that collects taxes in the state he once ran are discussing an out-of-court settlement.

Oladapo Apara, a founder of Alpha Beta Consulting LLP, alleges that Bola Tinubu concealed his control of the firm. In the early 2000s, as governor of Lagos state, Tinubu awarded the newly established ABC a contract to collect taxes in Nigeria’s commercial hub that it still holds today.