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Jonathan Challenged Tinubu: New Forgery Claims Emerge

by Adenike Adeodun

President Bola Tinubu faces significant challenges as allegations of fraudulent activities and contradictions in his political career come to light. Given his history of alleged constitutional breaches, many Nigerians question his rise to the nation’s top office, as reported by People’s Gazette.

In 1999, Gani Fawehinmi tried to hold Mr. Tinubu accountable for reportedly lying under oath during his Lagos governorship bid, but without success. Additionally, in January 2011, the Goodluck Jonathan administration attempted to incarcerate Tinubu based on perjury allegations from the late 90s, as revealed by documents obtained by Peoples Gazette.

Tinubu’s political standing has been further compromised in recent weeks. The main political adversary, Atiku Abubakar, has successfully highlighted another potential forgery related to the academic certificate Tinubu provided to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). This evidence, procured through a U.S. federal court subpoena, now sits with the Nigerian Supreme Court. The objective for Abubakar’s legal team is to nullify Tinubu’s presidency based on Section 137 (1)(j) of the Nigerian Constitution.

Tinubu’s education and professional background remain enigmatic and have drawn skepticism. Notably, in 1999, human rights activist Mr. Fawehinmi revealed that Tinubu might have falsified his educational credentials, claiming a degree from the University of Chicago in 1976.

According to an affidavit from 1998, Tinubu asserted his educational journey spanned from St Paul, Aroloya, and Children Home School to the University of Chicago and Chicago State University. Additionally, he claimed to have worked at esteemed financial firms like Arthur Andersen and Deloitte before venturing into politics in 1992.

However, investigations highlighted inconsistencies in Tinubu’s claims. The University of Chicago disavowed any association with him, and allegations of his certified public accountant credentials also proved false. Despite these revelations, the Nigerian Supreme Court protected Tinubu, citing his constitutional immunity as a sitting governor.

Following Tinubu’s gubernatorial term, further legal challenges arose in 2011 under Attorney-General Bello Adoke. Court documents indicated an effort to prosecute Tinubu for falsifying his educational background. Although initially pursuing these charges, the case was inexplicably withdrawn, fueling speculations of political backdoor deals.

Recent developments have seen Tinubu’s supporters defend his credentials, emphasizing the importance of transcripts over ceremonial certificates. As controversies continue, the public awaits clarity on the true nature of Tinubu’s background and the implications for his presidency.

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