Convener, Save Lagos Group (SLG) and Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, has argued that former Lagos State governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu cannot be allowed to rule Nigeria because, according to him, like President Muhammadu Buhari, he doesn’t have a certificate and Nigerians cannot afford to have another president without a certificate.
Adeniyi who spoke to this correspondent, dismissed Tinubu’s anticipated presidential bid as a joke, insisting that nobody in his right mind would vote for the former Lagos governor to rule Nigeria given his track record.
“Tinubu is joking, he is a joker. How can you expect someone that doesn’t have any good certificate to be the president again? We agitated for the current president’s certificate to be provided, but someone said if he has a NEPA bill, he can continue,” Adeniyi said.
“But see what happened in Bayelsa. Someone who wants to be the deputy governor of the state using five different certificates with different names. Can you see the series of certificate atrocities?”
Adeniyi argued that Tinubu has not been able to prove that he has a certificate, alleging that the certificate he claims to have obtained from Chicago, United States, is fake.
“Tinubu is a Chicago-gate certificate man. The series of litigation against him are still in the court, filled by the late legal luminary, the most powerful Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Gani Fawehinmi. That is our mentor, our leader. Gani filed a lawsuit against him when he was governor of Lagos State. The case is still there. We have the copies of the results of Tinubu and the copies of the litigation. That’s number one,” he said.
“Again, one of our comrades, Deji Adeyanju, filed a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Committee (EFCC) for them to investigate the source of the funds carried in bullion vans to his house on the eve of the last election.
“The petition is still there, and according to EFCC and ICPC laws, they are meant to investigate him. But the EFCC has refused to investigate him till now. They have to do the investigation. In fact, we are still going to file another petition for them to investigate his tenure as Lagos State governor.”
The rights activist said before asking to be president, Tinubu has to give account of his stewardship in Lagos.
“He has to give account of his stewardship in Lagos before talking about becoming president. Who wants to vote for him?” Adeniyi wondered.
“Even if he believes he is going to spend money or rig election as they often do, we can’t open our eyes and allow that. Tinubu doesn’t have a certificate. His certificate is Chicago gate. There is no such school he mentioned in Chicago. A copy of his own result is with us. The case is pending in court.
“We cannot continue to elect people without certificates to lead us. That is part of the problem we have now with Buhari. He doesn’t have any O-level certificate and look at what the country has become.
“So, how can we allow another person without certificate to be the president of country? We must look for someone who is qualified. In serious countries, before you can contest for president, they will scrutinize you, they will know where you are coming from and where you want to go.”
Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos, and acclaimed national leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), is widely believed to be getting ready to run for president in 2023 when the tenure of the incumbent President Buhari comes to an end.
Within the week, he was in Kano State to meet with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, with many suggesting it could be to initiate talks of joint presidential ticket.