The Atiku Media Office has strongly responded to the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in their efforts to embroil former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in a forgery scandal, which they believe is a calculated strategy to divert attention from allegations against President Bola Tinubu.
Paul Ibe, Atiku’s Media Adviser, issued a statement on Sunday, emphasizing that Tinubu and his associates should cease any further attempts to draw comparisons between the President and Atiku. Ibe firmly stated that all the names borne by Atiku are verifiably linked to his family lineage.
Ibe explained, “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 August 18, 1973. This change spans over a period of 50 years, which coincidentally mirrors the commencement of Tinubu’s history of forgeries and untruths. This fact is in the public domain.”
Ibe further alleged that Tinubu has engaged in forgery and falsehood concerning various aspects of his life, including his heritage, name, date of birth, educational qualifications, certificates, and professional background.
He also pointed out that the disclosure of Tinubu’s records at Chicago State University and the court-ordered deposition in the United States only scratches the surface. He concluded, “Bola Tinubu’s attempt to implicate Atiku Abubakar in his controversy over forgeries should be recognized for what it truly is: an effort to diminish the allegations of forgery that he himself is grappling with.”