The rationale behind President Bola Tinubu’s decision not to personally address the accusations made by the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his counterpart in the Labour Party, Peter Obi, regarding his academic credentials from Chicago State University, has been provided by the Coalition of Civil Society Organisation and Political Parties for Good Governance.
The claims of certificate forgery against Tinubu have sparked widespread debate in the country, prompting Atiku and Obi to call on the president to come clean about his true identity.
According to The PUNCH, Atiku and Obi have submitted 86 grounds of appeal to the Supreme Court, seeking to nullify the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal’s ruling that confirmed Tinubu’s victory.
The former vice president had accused Tinubu of lying about his CSU diploma in Business Administration, which was awarded in 1979. In response, Obi called on the former Lagos governor to reveal his true identity to the Nigerian people.
However, the convener of the coalition, Dr Ene Ogbole, explained in an interview that she and others close to the president understand why he wouldn’t dignify the immature remarks of these politicians with a personal response.
The former coordinator of the dissolved Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council also praised the president for his maturity, decorum, and sportsmanship displayed thus far.
“The way Atiku and Obi are handling the issue of the president’s Chicago State University certificate is causing distress to individuals. It is causing confusion and uncertainty. It reminds me of the time when there was a lot of demand for him to participate in a media chat and he hesitated. When he finally appeared, Nigerians were astonished. People questioned why he had been kept away from us. He is a dignified and intelligent man. He has a wealth of experience and knows when to speak up and when to remain silent.
“The rest of the world is satisfied with the information they have uncovered. Once his opponents demonstrate more maturity in their approach, he will address their concerns. It is his right to choose when to answer questions, especially when they are directed at him. There will be a time when he will do so.
“In any case, what more do you want to hear when the institution involved has already made a statement?”