Politics is one of the trending topics these days with so many self-acclaimed political experts, and I’m glad to announce that APC’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu has given the experts a point to analyze today.
Mr. Tinubu disclosed to INEC in an affidavit as part of the eligibility filings for the 2023 presidential election that he didn’t attend both primary and secondary schools but attended two American Universities of which the certificates were stolen by unknown soldiers in the 1990s.
The released documents on Friday show that he left the primary and secondary school column blank and that he obtained a degree in Business and administration from Chicago State University.
Mr Bola Tinubu disclosed to the electoral committee that:
“I went on self-exile from October 1994 to October 1998. When I returned I discovered that all my property, including all the documents relating to my qualifications and my certificates in respect of paragraph three above, were looted by unknown persons.”
“I was the chairman of the Senate committee on appropriation, banking, and finance. I was also a plaintiff in one of the two suits against the interim national government in 1993.”
“My house was a target of series of searches by various security agents from the time the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was forced to adjourn following the military takeover of government of 17th November 1993. I went on exile when it became clear to me that my life was in danger.”
However, his current claims are contradictory to his claims in 1999 and 2003 when he contested for Lagos gubernatorial election. He claimed to have attended both primary and secondary schools then.
He previously said to have attended St Paul Children’s Home School, Ibadan, between 1958 to 1964; while his secondary education was at Government College, Ibadan, between 1965 to 1968 which he then proceeded to Richard Daley College, from 1969 to 1971
He stated to have attended both Chicago State University and the University of Chicago. The Chicago State University confirmed that he graduated with a degree in business and administration on June 22, 1979.
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Gani Fawehinmi, a prominent Nigerian Lawyer challenged those submissions as fraudulent at the time, he argued the matter up to the Supreme court but the case was dismissed.
Ikenga Ugochinyere, a political activist in Abuja, said he would challenge Mr. Tinubu’s filings in court for his contradictory claims, accusing him of having committed perjury.
The spokesman for Mr Tinubu denied the request seeking comments about the alleged disparities in his submissions to INEC.
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