At a press conference in Abuja, former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, accused President Bola Tinubu of repeatedly violating Nigeria’s electoral laws by submitting fake documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Atiku made these allegations in response to the revelation that Tinubu’s academic records had been declared invalid by Chicago State University (CSU).
Atiku stated that by exposing Tinubu, he could finally bring justice to the memory of Chief Gani Fawehinmi, a renowned human rights activist who fought for a fair society until his death.
Atiku also clarified that his relationship with Tinubu had soured since 2007, and he had ceased doing business with the government for obvious reasons.
Atiku extended an invitation to his fellow contestants in the last presidential election, specifically Peter Obi of Labour Party (LP) and Rabiu Kwankwaso of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), urging them to join his campaign in order to bring probity, accountability, and basic principles of justice, morality, and uprightness to Nigeria’s government and politics.
According to LP’s National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, the invitation was warmly received by the party.
Kalu Kalu, one of Atiku’s lawyers, commented on some aspects of the deposition made by the registrar at CSU, Caleb Westberg, asserting that the certificate presented to INEC by Tinubu was undoubtedly counterfeit.
The testimony of Westberg in a United States court, as part of a lawsuit initiated by Atiku, serves as the foundation for the recent revelation regarding the longstanding mystery surrounding Tinubu’s academic qualifications.
However, the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) criticized Atiku for his alleged desperate actions, deeming such extreme behavior as unbecoming of a statesman.
During his address to the world press conference, Atiku emphasized the importance of Nigeria’s elections being regulated by law and based on the constitution, as this is the only way leadership and government in the country can obtain legitimacy.
He emphasized that it is the responsibility of leaders to uphold these rules and defend them when necessary, as the reputation of the country is at stake.
Atiku expressed his dedication to democracy and his love for his country, stating that the issues in this case call for a re-dedication to both the country and the constitution.
He entrusted these facts to all citizens and leaders who are responsible for interpreting the constitution.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the lawyers, both in Nigeria and in the United States, who have been instrumental in assisting us in bringing clarity and finding definitive answers to these long-standing issues that have puzzled our institutions for almost a quarter of a century.
I also want to extend my appreciation to the Nigerian citizens and friends of Nigeria, both within the country and internationally, for their patience and support as we have worked tirelessly to uncover the truth.
When it comes to individuals like Fawehinmi and other advocates for justice, including the media, I want to acknowledge their important contributions.
They have played a vital role in inspiring us on this journey of discovery. Now, we can solemnly honor Fawehinmi, knowing that the mission he embarked upon 23 years ago has finally reached its completion.
The vindication of Gani affirms the saying that although falsehood may sprint, the truth will always catch up to it eventually.