The Atiku Media Office has responded to allegations made by the Presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) regarding a forgery scandal involving former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. They believe that these accusations are an intentional distraction from the allegations against President Bola Tinubu.
Atiku’s Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, released a statement on Sunday urging Tinubu and his team to stop comparing the President and Atiku. Ibe emphasized that all of Atiku’s names can be traced back to his family history.
Ibe pointed out that Atiku’s change of name from Siddiq Abubakar to Atiku Abubakar is well-documented in an affidavit dated August 18, 1973. This change has been public knowledge for 50 years, which is as long as Tinubu’s alleged history of forgery and lies.
Ibe accused Tinubu of forging and lying about various aspects of his life, including his heritage, name, date of birth, education, certificates, and work experience. He claimed that the recent exposure of Tinubu’s records at Chicago State University and the court-ordered deposition in the United States is just the beginning.
Ibe argued that Tinubu’s attempt to involve Atiku in the forgery scandal is merely a tactic to downplay the serious allegations against Tinubu himself. He stated that it is crucial to recognize this strategy for what it is.
Ibe also alleged that Tinubu gained admission to the university through impersonation. This further adds to the list of accusations against him.
Interestingly, Ibe mentioned that Tinubu’s handlers added the middle name “Adekunle” to his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate on Wikipedia in October 2023. This raises suspicions about the authenticity of Tinubu’s documents.