President Bola Ahmed Tinubu does not need to reintroduce himself to Nigerians who voted for him, the All Progressives Congress (APC) said yesterday.
The ruling party dismissed the call by the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate in the February 25 poll, Peter Obi, that he should reveal his identity to Nigerians.
The former Anambra State governor called on President Tinubu to speak out on his Chicago State University (CSU) academic record on a day the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)’s Global Disinformation Team reported that there was no evidence that the president submitted a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the election.
The Chicago State University (CSU), on Atiku Abubakar ‘s request, has ordered by a court, release President Tinubu’s records.
The former vice president has sought the relive of the Supreme Court to tender those documents as fresh evidence in his appeal against the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) judgment, which dismissed his petition against Tinubu’s victory as “unmeritorious”.
Obi, who through his party, had rejected Atiku’s call on him and another former presidential candidate Rabiu Kwankwaso, to join him in disparaging President Tinubu, did an about turn yesterday.
He told reporters yesterday that President Tinubu should “tell Nigerians who he is,” adding that they deserved to know his true name and everything relating to his educational career.
He said only the president can put to rest the controversy surrounding his identity.
However, APC, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, a lawyer, chided Obi and Atiku.
The ruling party said both Obi and Atiku, who are contesting the victory of the president at the poll, have invented a “spurious and imaginary identity crisis” to incite the public.
In the statement titled: ‘Shame as Peter Obi jumps on Atiku Abubakar’s bandwagon,’ the spokesman said the two litigants have polluted the public space with their consistent deception, adding that they have become accusers and judges in their cases against the president.
Taking exception to Obi’s allusion to identity question, Morka said Nigerians knew President Tinubu, who had served them as senator and governor before he was voted as president.
Also yesterday, APC National Secretary, Senator Ajibola Basiru, who spoke on a national television, said Obi and Atiku were suffering from the “traumatic effect of electoral defeat”, stressing that they had regressed to “a level of absurdity”.