'Forger-in-chief' – Atiku’s Camp Fires Explains Former VP’s Name Controversy

‘Forger-in-chief’ – Atiku’s Camp Fires Explains Former VP’s Name Controversy

by Victor Ndubuisi

Atiku Abubakar’s presidential campaign for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election has dubbed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu the ‘forger-in-chief.’

According to Atiku’s Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, in a statement to Newsmen on Sunday, the world has come to the unavoidable conclusion that Tinubu is a confirmed forger-in-chief “account of his serial forgeries and lies in the last 50 years.”

He said Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State, faked and lied about every element of his life, including his heritage, name and date of birth, schooling, certifications, and work experience.

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According to Ibe, the finding of Tinubu’s papers at Chicago State University and the court-ordered deposition in the United States are just the tip of the iceberg of his forgeries and lies.


He did, however, point out that the attempt to draw Atiku Abubakar into Tinubu’s drowning field of forgery must be understood for what it is: “an attempt to minimise the allegations of forgeries that he has to contend with.”

Paul Ibe said: “Contrary to Bola A. Tinubu’s forgery shopping allegation against Atiku, it is on record that the change of name of the former Vice President reverting to Atiku Abubakar from Siddiq Abubakar is well documented in an affidavit dated 18th of August 1973, spanning over a period of 50 years, (which incidentally is as old as the commencement of Tinubu’s life of forgeries and lies), is in the public domain.

“Now, let’s put Bola A. Tinubu’s life of forgeries and lies in proper perspective. In 1999, Tinubu lied under oath in his form CF001 which he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that he attended St Paul’s Primary School, Aroloya, Lagos; Government College Ibadan, Chicago University (CU) and Chicago State University (CSU).

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“It has been established that he only attended CSU and that he secured admission into the university by impersonation.

“Through the discoveries of his records in the Chicago State University, we now know that Bola A. Tinubu forged a secondary school certificate of Government College Lagos, a HSC certificate from Cambridge University and a transcript from Richard Daley College which belongs to a female owner.

“We also know, thanks to the discoveries, that the CSU few days to graduation in 1979, notified him of outstanding (or carry-over as it is known in Nigeria) pre-qualifying examinations in English, Mathematics and Comprehension, which never appeared on his transcript to have been retaken.


“After his odyssey in falsifying educational qualifications, Bola A. Tinubu claimed in his 1999 affidavit to contest for the position of Governor of Lagos State, that he had a working experience with Arthur Anderson Accounting, Deloitte and Mobil Nigeria. It ends up that both claims on Authur Anderson and Deloitte – both in the USA are false because his footprints are nowhere to be found in those corporations. Like CSU, Deloitte denied ever knowing or having any Bola A. Tinubu in their employment and he has since stopped adding that to his official or public records since his exposure.

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“Curiously, handlers of this same Bola A. Tinubu have smuggled Adekunle, a middle name that magically popped up in his so-called National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate into his Wikipedia on the 6th of October, 2023. This may yet be another indication of a master forger at work.


“Yet, this same Bola A. Tinubu and his handlers want to confuse the public by making insinuations about what Atiku Abubakar is not.

“For the purpose of clarification, all the names that Atiku Abubakar bears are names that are traceable to his family tree.

“He adopted Atiku Abubakar as his official name while in the employ of the Nigeria Customs Service. Atiku’s life is an open book, and not the mystery or close book that continues to define the life of Bola A. Tinubu.


“Conversely, Bola A Tinubu is a name that has no history nor social acquaintance until the late 1970s.

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“We therefore urge Bola A. Tinubu and his handlers to desist from making any further attempt at comparing the career forger known as Bola A Tinubu with an impeccable name that Atiku Abubakar has built over the years.”


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