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2023 Presidency : I did not attend primary or secondary schools – Tinubu to INEC

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has informed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that he did not attend both primary and secondary education.

To meet up with the criteria compilations for the 2023 presidential elections, he revealed this in a statement tendered by him to the INEC office on Friday.

The law guiding elections in Nigeria authorises party candidates to submit their certificates which will be made available to the public interest before the elections.

The documents released, revealed that the presidential candidate of the APC did not fill the sections for his primary and secondary education, Gazette disclosed.

However, Tinubu said he attained a degree in business and administration in 1979.

Recall that the APC presidential candidate earlier argued during the primary of the party a few weeks ago that he graduated with a degree from the Chicago State University.

Despite not attending primary and secondary education, the former governor of Lagos claimed he obtained certificates from two American universities.

The certificates, according to him, were stolen by unidentified military officers during the military era of the 1990s.

However, this opposes Tinubu’s previous election credential submissions, particularly in 1999 and 2003.

Between 1999 and 2003, he contested for the seat of Lagos governor, where he disclosed he attended primary and secondary schools.

According to him, he said he attended St Paul Children’s Home School, Ibadan, between 1958 to 1964; while his secondary education was at Government College, Ibadan, from 1965 to 1968; he also attended Richard Daley College, Chicago, from 1969 to 1971.

Tinubu disclosed to INEC, “I went on self-exile from October 1994 to October 1998. When I returned I discovered that all my property, including all the documents relating to my qualifications and my certificates in respect of paragraph three above, were looted by unknown persons.

“My house was a target of series of searches by various security agents from the time the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was forced to adjourn following the military takeover of government of 17th November 1993.

“I was the chairman of the Senate committee on appropriation, banking and finance. I was also a plaintiff in one of the two suits against the interim national government in 1993.

“I went into exile when it became clear to me that my life was in danger.”

Meanwhile, no response from any aide of the presidential hopeful yet on the contradiction of credential submission different from that of 1999 and 2003.

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