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Tinubu’s certificate saga: Imo Gov. Uzodinma rallies support for APC candidate, carpets INEC

``Where record-keeping is efficient, and INEC server is functional, he does not need to do fresh submission of certificates’’

Reactions have continued to trail the controversy about non-presentation of certificates by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential flagbearer, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, with Imo Gov. Hope Uzodinma, rising to his defence.

According to him, if the record keeping of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is efficient and its server functional, Tinubu does not need to submit his documents afresh.

“But for my presidential candidate, the issue of certificates should not even arise. In 1999, he contested elections and became the governor of Lagos, and in 2003, he contested election as second term governor of Lagos.

“He ran and won as a senator in the country. Where record keeping is efficient, and INEC server is functional, he does not need to do fresh submission.

“However, if whatever he is supposed to submit is not handy, it is not late yet. I’m sure before the time he will submit whatever is required of him,’’ Uzodinma told State House reporters on Tuesday in Abuja after a Thank-You visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.

He had thanked Buhari for approving the hosting of this year’s Army Day celebrations in Owerri, the Imo capital, pointing out that it will strengthen the measures already on ground in Southeast to contain banditry and insecurity.

Persecondnews had reported that Tinubu had stated in an affidavit he submitted to INEC that he did not attend primary and secondary schools and that the two degree certificates he got from two American universities were stolen by “unknown soldiers’’during the late Gen. Sani Abacha dictatorship.

On the resignation of his Special Adviser on Political Matters, Dr Batos Nwadike, the governor said: “You know politics and leadership is a business that thrives on ideology. Sometimes you hire aides who by your own primary assessment you think would be able to fit into the ideology and your vision for your people.

“So if the way things are going to the best of their own idiosyncrasies is not consistent with the thought process. It means that they are licensed to try their luck in another place.”

On the N77.2 million Nwadike claimed the governor owed him, Uzodinma also said: “So this aide who accused his boss of non-inclusiveness, unfortunately, we are not running a limited liability company, where shareholders must all vie for.

“So I accepted his resignation and I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and that bring the matter to a close.

“I don’t know how I will owe N77.2 million to an aide, talking about my political adviser, I don’t know what he sold to me that I bought.”

Peerseondnews recalls that Nwadike, one-time presidential aspirant had while resigning his appointment accused the governor of running non-inclusive government and that he owed him N27 million.



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