Sagir Mai Iyali, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has requested the party’s presidential screening committee to remove Bola Ahmed Tinubu, one of the hopefuls, for alleged certificate fraud.
On Monday, May 30, 2022, a petition dated May 17, 2022, was presented, and its receipt was acknowledged by one Emmanuel Akpan.
Tinubu’s academic credentials have been a source of contention for more than a decade.
In his INEC form 001, he stated that he graduated from the University of Chicago when he ran for governor of Lagos State in 1999.
In the affidavit he provided to the INEC form, the former governor further stated that while in exile between 1994 and 1998, he misplaced his university degree certificate.
Sagir Mai Iyali also demanded that the former Lagos governor be barred from running in the party’s primary on June 7.
“We hear that Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who has subsequently obtained and submitted his Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to the party, has various concerns that plainly equate to a similar disqualifying scenario.”
The APC member further asked that the former Lagos governor shouldn’t be allowed to participate in the June 7 primary of the party.
“We understand that Bola Ahmed Tinubu who has since procured his Expression of Interest and Nomination forms and has submitted same to the party has certain issues that clearly amount to a similar disqualification scenario.
“From the information contained in prior submission to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), particularly in 1999, 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 20th, 1999, but it was also contained in an affidavit of loss sworn to before the High Court of Lagos, Ikeja Registry, December 29th 1998.
“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 Ahmed Tinubu has been shrouded in secrecy. In fact, no one can claim to know the identity of the man.
“Similarly, the age of Tinubu is not known to anyone. Though, it’s not contention that he is above the statutory age of 35-years, it’s equally important that his exact age is known,” the petition read.