Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general election, Atiku Abubakar, has urged other opposition leaders and Nigerians to join him in his quest for “justice” over the academic records of President Bola Tinubu.
Atiku had requested that Tinubu’s certificate from the CSU be released, as he suspected that the certificate that Tinubu submitted to INEC as a former Lagos State governor may not be genuine. Atiku is challenging Tinubu’s win at the Supreme Court.
Tinubu’s objection was dismissed by a US court, which ordered the CSU to release Tinubu’s certificate to Atiku’s team. However, Atiku argued that the documents showed that Tinubu did not complete his university education, as he claimed.
At a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, Atiku appealed to Peter Obi of the LP, Rabiu Kwankwaso of the NNPP, and other Nigerians to join his campaign. He said his aim was to “promote probity, accountability, and the basic principles of justice, morality, and uprightness in our country and in our government”.
“This is a task for every one of us,” he said. “Let me call on all well-meaning Nigerians, leaders of thoughts, our religious, traditional, community, and political leaders, and in particular, Governor Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of the NNPP, the leaders of every political party in Nigeria, and indeed every single person who loves this country as I do and who wishes nothing but the best for this country as I do, to join me in this campaign.”
Atiku also vowed to continue his legal battle until the Supreme Court rules on the matter. He said he would only drop his fight if the court ruled in Tinubu’s favour.