According to the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the target of a scheme by a fictitious National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) in the US.
In a statement released on Sunday, Prof. Tai Balofin, the party’s chairman in the United States, said that a bogus NADECO group is attempting to damage the president’s reputation ahead of a scheduled global press conference for today (Monday).
At the press conference, the imposter organisation, according to Balofin, wants to spread untrue allegations about President Tinubu’s educational background.
However, he said that the party has organised a public campaign in Chicago today to inform the public and the wider world about the real situation in Nigeria and President Tinubu’s progressive leadership.
Balofin emphasised the importance of making the distinction between true and productive inquiry and unfounded allegations.
He said: “The allegation surrounding President Tinubu’s educational certificate from Chicago State University (CSU) has been addressed, with CSU confirming the authenticity of the certificate.
“It is crucial to note that this matter is already in the hands of the appropriate authorities, specifically the courts, where due process and legal procedures will be followed.
“President Tinubu is a prominent figure and statesman, who has contributed immensely to Nigeria’s political landscape, adding that “his dedication and service to the nation have been evident for years.
“It is unbecoming and counterproductive to attempt to tarnish his reputation for political gain and cheap blackmail.
“Furthermore, we would like to clarify that the group organising this World Press Conference under the banner of NADECO USA is not the original NADECO that President Tinubu was a part of during the Abacha era.
“This impostor NADECO is organising a World Press Conference aimed at propagating unfounded claims regarding the educational credentials of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“We urge the public not to be misled by these attempts to distort history. The leadership of APC USA stands firmly against any attempts to undermine the reputation of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and, by extension, Nigeria.
“We believe in the strength of the democratic processes and the judicial system to address any legitimate concerns.
“Premature and unfounded allegations not only do a disservice to the public but also risk diverting attention from pressing issues that truly deserve scrutiny.
“We remain committed to democratic principles, and we encourage this group hiding under NADECO USA to engage in constructive dialogue and allow the legal system to take its course in addressing any genuine concerns.
“The supporters of Labour Party Presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi and those of Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, should wait for the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling.”
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