Was Tinubu a Maroon?
Member petitions APC Presidential Screening Committee
Who is really Bola Ahmed Tinubu?
A member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Sagir Mai Iyali has petitioned the APC presidential screening committee to bar former Lagos State Governor and party leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu from contesting in the June 7 primaries. Tinubu is one of the numerous presidential contestants in a crowded Nigerian political arena and questions are being asked if he really graduated from the prestigious University of Chicago a private research institution.
In the petition sent to John Odigie Oyegun, chairman of the presidential screening committee of the APC, Iyali said Tinubu never graduated from the University of Chicago. He added that the former governor lied about his age and state of origin. The APC member further asked that the former Lagos governor shouldn’t be allowed to participate in the June 7 primary of the party.
“Mr Tinubu presented a false claim, on oath, of his attendance at University of Chicago from 1972-1976. It is clear now that these claims are false. Not only was this filed in the INEC form with a declaration on oath on December 20th, 1999, but it was also contained in an affidavit of loss sworn to before the High Court of Lagos, Ikeja Registry, December 29th 1998.” The petition read.
The petition which is considered to be malicious by supporters of the Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom also cast aspersions on his real identity.
“Over the years, the identity of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been shrouded in secrecy. In fact, no one can claim to know the identity of the man.”
“Similarly, the age of Tinubu is not known to anyone. Though, it’s not contention that he is above the statutory age of 35-years, it’s equally important that his exact age is known,” the petition pleaded.
Controversies have swirled round Tinubu for over 30 years, from being a drug kingpin in Chicago to running a heroin trafficking ring in Toronto to forging a new identity.
In the early 2000s the late human rights lawyer, Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN), had also questioned Tinubu’s identity and paperwork and sued the Nigeria Police Force for failing to investigate him.
The Supreme Court in its judgment on May 10, 2002, ruled that Tinubu could not be prosecuted by the police for alleged certificate forgery because he had immunity as a former senator and serving governor.
This publication has written to the University of Chicago to ask if Tinubu is an alumni of the University of Chicago.