…accuses FG of twisting facts to confuse public
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday, accused the Presidency of twisting facts to confuse the mind of the Nigerian public concerning President Bola Tinubu’s Chicago State University academic records.
Recall that the CSU released Tinubu’s academic record to Atiku after weeks of legal fireworks. On Friday, the former vice president filed the CSU documents as fresh evidence at the Supreme Court.
Atiku and the presidential candidates of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, had filed 86 grounds of appeal at the Supreme Court to nullify the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal’s judgment which recently affirmed Tinubu’s victory.
Atiku in a statement by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, accused some media aides to the President of coming out openly to “push back on the narrative.”
According to him, some media houses have allegedly persistently slanted their story to justify a corrupted interpretation of the facts in the deposition.
Atiku insisted that Tinubu falsified a document he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission and swore to an affidavit under oath to back it up.
The statement read, “On page 26 of the deposition which is publicly available, the Registrar of the Chicago State University, Caleb Westberg, under oath, was asked a simple question that, “CSU has determined that it does not have a true and correct copy of the diploma issued to Bola Tinubu is 1979, correct? To which the Registrar responded, That’s correct.”
“Also, on page 27, a similar question was put to Mr. Westberg: So, CSU, after going through every diploma, was unable to find an authentic copy of any diploma that CSU issued to Tinubu in 1979. Is that correct? The CSU Registrar, in his response, said: We did not find any diploma issued by CSU in 1979 to Mr. Tinubu.”
Atiku’s spokesman also claimed that when asked whether the CSU is aware of or in possession of the diploma that Tinubu submitted to INEC,” Mr. Westberg simply said, “Correct, we are not aware of it.”