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2023: NNPP Reacts To Tinubu’s Certificate Controversy




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The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has reacted to the controversy surrounding the academic qualifications of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.

Naija News earlier reported that Tinubu had claimed that unknown persons who raided his house while he was in exile might have taken away his school certificates during the military rule in 1990.

The former Governor of Lagos State stated this in an affidavit submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as part of his eligibility filings for the 2023 presidential elections.

It was gathered that documents released last Friday by INEC show that Tinubu left the columns for his primary and secondary education unmarked.

Tinubu, however, noted that he obtained a degree in business and administration in 1979 at the Chicago State University.

In a chat with The PUNCH on Monday, NNPP National Publicity Secretary Agbo Major stated that the allegation that Tinubu submitted false academic qualifications to INEC is still speculation.

Major, however, stated that declaring documents whose physical copies are not accompanying them is perjury, adding that the crime is a punishable offense under the law.

The NNPP spokesman, therefore, asked the electoral umpire to clear the air on the certificate controversy.

He said, “This whole certificate drama is still within the realm of speculation. These certificates, if they are there, are to be submitted to the INEC as support documents accompanying his EC9.

“Declaring documents which physical copies are not accompanying them is perjury. This is the same as submitting documents that are not real. It is a punishable offence under the constitution as well as the Electoral Act to lie on oath.

“It is, therefore, the job of INEC to clear the air on this drama but the obvious advantage is that Nigerians are now showing more interest and interrogating the process.”

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows.