Tinubu had in a preliminary objection to the case filed before the presidential tribunal by Atiku, described the former vice president as a serial loser who has “been consistently contesting and losing successive presidential elections in Nigeria since 1993, whether at the party primary election level or at the general election”.
Reacting to this, Atiku stated that while he has been contesting in several elections, he is not embroiled in several controversies. The former Vice President said he doesn’t have dual citizenship and also has a drug-free record.
“The 1st petitioner, unlike the 2nd respondent (Tinubu), has consistently been contesting presidential elections, given the 1st petitioner’s drug-free record, and has never had controversy surrounding his age, circumstances of his birth, state of origin, gender, educational qualification, health status, working career, and citizenship, all issues bordering on constitutional qualification to contest for the office of the president of the federal republic of Nigeria.
“The respondent demonstrated inconsistency as to his actual date of birth, secondary schools he attended (Government College Ibadan); his state of origin, gender, actual name; certificates evidencing universities attended (Chicago State University).
“The purported degree certificate of the 2nd respondent allegedly acquired at the Chicago State University did not belong to him but to a female (F) described as “F” in the certificate bearing the name Bola Tinubu.
“The 2nd respondent did not disclose to the 1st respondent (INEC) his voluntary acquisition of the citizenship of the Republic of Guinea with Guinean Passport No. D00001551, in addition to his Nigerian citizenship. The 2nd respondent is hereby given the notice to produce the original copies of his said two passports.
“The respondent has a record of criminal forfeiture of the sum of $460, 000 for the drug-related offence before the United States judge, John A Nordberg, in the 2nd respondent’s First Heritage Account No. 263