Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday stated that he was inspired to probe the certificate of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu by the late Human Rights activist, Gani Fawehinmi.
The former vice president, while speaking at a press conference in Abuja said Nigeria’s reputation is at stake with the controversy surrounding the Chicago State University’s certificate submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission by Tinubu.
Atiku, who had filed a suit against President Tinubu over his academic record at the Chicago State University, argued that it should not have taken weeks or months for security agencies to verify certificates of candidates who present themselves for higher office.
“The reputation of Nigeria is at stake. I am a democrat by conviction and citizen of a country that I love.
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“I must thank our lawyers, bother here and abroad, for help us bring clarity to this issue that has dragged for about half of a century
“The late Human right Gani Fawehinmi, has vindicated us. Now he can truly rest in peace knowing that the journey he started 23 years ago is on course,” he said.
He also called on well-meaning Nigerians, “In particular, Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria People’s Party to join me in this campaign for accountability in our country and government. This is a task for all of us.”
He also commended independent journalist, David Hundeyin, for his contribution to the certificate investigation.