The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, has filed new documents against President Bola Tinubu before the Supreme Court in which he accused the President of forgery and lying under oath, and should therefore be disqualified and removed from office.
The evidence filed by the former vice president was the academic records of Tinubu, which were handed over to him by the Chicago State University on Monday following the order of an Illinois court in the United States of America instructing the institution to release the academic records as requested by Atiku.
The PDP candidate had requested the documents for use in Nigerian courts to support his argument that Tinubu forged a certificate he claimed to have obtained from the CSU in 1979 and submitted to the country’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for the 2023 presidential election.
In an interview with newsmen yesterday, one of Atiku’s lawyers, who pleaded anonymity, said Tinubu’s academic records had been submitted to the apex court.
But Atiku’s lead counsel at the tribunal, Chris Uche, said the process was being worked on.
A media consultant to the former vice-president, Paul Ibe, also confirmed to newsmen yesterday that the lawyers would file the fresh evidence yesterday to complement the grounds of appeal filed earlier.
In text messages to newsmen as well, members of Atiku’s legal team, Chris Uche, SAN, and Mike Ozekhome, SAN, also confirmed that the new evidence would be filed yesterday.