- Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the PDP's presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, was accused of refusing to release his academic records
- Atiku had tried to get President Bola Ahmed Tinubu disqualified by sending lawyers to legally force Chicago State University (CSU) to release the Nigerian leader's records
- Premium Times requested Atiku's academic certificates, including a Master’s degree, but he reportedly failed to provide them several weeks after receiving the request; now he has reacted
Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 6-year-experience covering politics and elections in Nigeria
Legit.ng recalls that the newspaper reported that Atiku refused to release his academic records, despite himself this year sending his lawyers to the United States to legally force Chicago State University (CSU) to release the academic records of President Bola Tinubu.
Academic records: Atiku fumes
Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the February 2023 election, accused the newspaper of mischief and unprofessionalism.
He also claimed that the story was “fictional”.
The 77-year-old reacted on Saturday, December 9, through his media aide, Paul Ibe.
“The ethics of journalism seeks to establish the truth when there is a dispute about it or when there is a deliberate cover-up that inhibits public interest.
“What the Premium Times has done in this case keeps faith in neither of these two precepts. The story in reference by Premium Times is nothing other than witch-hunt – and a callous one at that.”
Meanwhile, the newspaper stood by its report and maintained that Atiku had ignored its request to release his records for over two months.
Atiku refuses to release academic records
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Atiku was accused of refusing to release his academic records.
In a bid to get President Tinubu disqualified by the court, Atiku sent his lawyers to the United States to legally force the CSU to release the latter's academic records. However, the Adamawa-born politician failed to release his own records as requested by Premium Times.