National Publicity Secretary of the Lamidi Apapa-led faction of the Labour Party, Abayomi Arabambi, and the spokesman for the party’s presidential campaign council, Yunusa Tanko, have disagreed on the names written on the certificates of the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Arabambi, who spoke on Africa Independent Television on Thursday, alleged that Obi had different names on his credentials from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and the National Youth Service Corps discharge certificate.
This comes after Obi, in a press conference on Wednesday, challenged President Bola Tinubu to reveal his true identity to Nigerians, amidst his (Tinubu) certificate saga from the Chicago State University.
According to Arabambi, “I was part of the people who did screening for him. In the form EC9, we gave him, he wrote that he attended the University of Nigeria Nsukka and he wrote that he finished his youth service but unfortunately, in the final submission of the form he only submitted his school certificate.
“So, something is fishy and I want to say the name the school sent for mobilisation (for national youth service) was not what was written on his NYSC certificate and he knows that.
“We have before the Supreme Court his own petition and the pleadings are not there. You are now calling out someone to come and reveal his true identity.”
Arabambi said the party is in the dark regarding Obi’s identity, saying, “everything was shrouded in secrecy at that time between him and Abure in Asaba.
“You know we were rushing because we had just a day to do our presidential primary and that was why he was able to get away with it, but we have it on record that Obi’s name on his NYSC certificate and the one on his University of Nigeria, Nsukka certificates are different.”
But Tanko challenged Arabambi to present the proof of his allegation against Obi.
Tanko labelled Arabambi’s move as a “mischievous accusation,” adding that Obi’s academic records are available in the “public domain”.
Tanko said, “Let him prove it. Let him show us where the discrepancies are. Already, the documents of Mr. Peter Obi are in the public domain.
“I think it’s just a mischievous accusation.”
Speaking on Tinubu’s academic records, Tanko said, “It’s very clear that Tinubu didn’t present a document from the college he said he went to. At the moment, you can’t verify a document that was issued to Bola Ahmed Tinubu by the Chicago State University.
“You can not present a document from a secondary school that Bola Ahmed Tinubu may have mentioned as where he has graduated, neither can he present a primary school certificate to you in which he graduated from.
“And, if as alluded by Festus Keyamo that he (Tinubu) was tutored at home, where did he mention the fact that he went to federal college in Lagos and Ibadan? So, which one is true?”
Tanko stressed that such is the reason Obi was calling on Tinubu to “come out and publicly announce to the Nigerian people where he comes from,” including his name and details of his education, and year of graduation.
“That way, we can hold him accountable to his statement by himself, not by any surrogate.”
Speaking on whether Obi may collaborate with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, Tanko affirmed the former Anambra State governor’s readiness “as long as the issue is concerned stands on fighting for Nigeria.”
He noted that every Nigerian must be free from the “shackles of forgery and misappropriation of truth” and should join in the struggle for a better nation.”