Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has raised doubts about President Bola Tinubu’s academic credentials amid an ongoing dispute over the Nigerian presidential election. Atiku, the 2023 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, expressed concern about the consistency of Tinubu’s educational background, particularly given the apparent discrepancies in his educational journey.
Atiku highlighted the conflicting information regarding Tinubu’s academic history. While in 1999, Tinubu claimed to have attended multiple educational institutions, including primary, secondary schools, and universities, his 2023 stance narrows his academic journey to Chicago State University alone. This raises questions about how Tinubu attained a university degree without completing his primary and secondary education.
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Atiku’s comments come amidst the ongoing legal battle concerning the presidential election results. Atiku secured the second position in the election, with Peter Obi in third, according to the released results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Both Atiku and Obi have challenged the legitimacy of INEC’s declaration of Tinubu as Nigeria’s president, with the Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) set to decide on the matter.
Atiku’s concerns have sparked discussions across social media, with Nigerians joining him in demanding clarification about the inconsistencies in Tinubu’s academic claims. The hashtag #AskTinubu is trending, underscoring the public’s call for transparency and accuracy in the educational backgrounds of public figures.
As the nation awaits the PEPT’s judgment on the election dispute, the focus has shifted to President Bola Tinubu’s academic records. Atiku’s questions shed light on the importance of credibility and transparency in leadership, emphasizing the need for accurate presentation of educational qualifications by public officials.
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