- Amid the ongoing screening of the APC presidential aspirants, a member of the ruling party wants Asiwaju Bola Tinubu disqualified
- The APC member identified as Sagir Mai Iyali said the screening panel should disqualify the former Lagos governor over alleged false documents he submitted to INEC in 1998
- Iyali also claimed that Tinubu's age is not known, adding that obscurity surrounding the frontline presidential aspirant could jeopardise the APC’s chances in 2023
In a letter dated May 17, 2022, one Sagir Mai Iyali, who identified himself as an APC member from Kano state, asked the party to disqualify the former Lagos governor over alleged false documents the latter tendered to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 1998, TheCable reported.
Iyali also alleged that Tinubu's age is not known, adding that obscurity surrounding the presidential hopeful could jeopardise the party’s chances at the polls.
The petition reads:
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“We understand that Bola Ahmed Tinubu who has since procured his expression of interest and nomination forms and has submitted the same to the party has certain issues that clearly amount to a similar disqualification scenario.
“From the information contained in prior submissions to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), particularly in 1999, Mr. Tinubu presented a false claim, on oath, of his attendance at University of Chicago from 1972-1976.
“It is clear now that these claims are false. Not only was this filed in the INEC form with a declaration on oath on December 20 1999, it was also contained in an affidavit of loss sworn to before the High Court of Lagos, Ikeja Registry, December 29th 1998.
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“The latter claim that seeks to transpose history is untenable. Mr. Tinubu has to show proof he attended University of Chicago or he must stand disqualified as the opposition is in possession of these same documents. Over the years, the identity of Asiwaju Bola Anmed Tinubu has been shrouded in secrecy.
“In fact, no one can claim to know the identity of the man. Repeated efforts and demands by the general populace and the media to unravel the identity of Asiwaju Tinubu have all proved abortive and unsuccessful.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu rather chose and prefers an incognito lifestyle. Part of the man that has remained hidden is his educational background. Before now, so many reporters have launched discreet investigations to unravel the truth about the educational background of Asiwaju without success.
“We therefore urge the screening committee to invoke the powers vested on it by the constitution and guidelines of the party to disqualify Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu from taking part in the APC primary election for the presidential election.”
APC chairman, INEC boss copied in petition against Tinubu
Legit.ng gathers that Abdullahi Adamu, APC national chairman, and Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, were copied in the letter.
Iyali also reportedly attached copies of what appeared to be Tinubu’s nomination form and affidavit in respect of lost certificates as “evidence” to back up his claims.
John Oyegun, a former APC national chairman, is in charge of the screening committee, and the exercise is ongoing at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.
Tinubu reportedly admitted there were errors in his INEC filings in 1999
According to TheCable, the former governor of Lagos previously admitted there were errors in his INEC filings in 1999.
He was also reportedly cleared by the state House of Assembly of deliberately lying on his qualifications, although the lawmakers were accused of being “hasty”.
Tinubu is among 23 aspirants in APC who have been listed for screening ahead of the party’s presidential primary.
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In another report, Tinubu has gotten a major endorsement from a popular business mogul, Mogaji Bowale Oluwole Arisekola.
Mogaji declared his support for Tinubu on Friday, May 27 in Abuja while interacting with journalists.
He described the former Lagos governor as the right candidate stating that he has the capacity to lead the country to an improved developmental stage.