Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday, paid a visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Upon arrival at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) at about 1pm, Atiku made his way to the mosque to pray after which he had lunch with the former head of state and then left, a source close to the hilltop residence said.
The reason for the meeting was not known.
“I can confirm that Atiku visited Baba Obasanjo today around 1pm. It was a purely private visit. He came, observed his prayer, had lunch with Baba and left. The visit was brief. There was nothing else done,” a source told The Nation newspaper.
Atiku vs Buhari: UK police, DSS petitioned over Cambridge certificate
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the February 23, presidential election, Atiku Abubakar and his party had questioned the certificate.
Abba Kyari, Buhari’s chief of staff, had told the election tribunal that he obtained the president’s “assessment” documents from Cambridge University.
The separate petitions both dated August 14, 2019, and which were forwarded by a legal practitioner, Kalu Agu.
The lawyer questioned the authenticity of the “certifying statement” said to have been obtained from the Cambridge Assessment International Education.
He asked the UK police and the DSS to probe the following: “Where did Mr. Abba Kyari get the certificate which he enclosed alongside his application form for the issuance of the said certifying statement which he claimed he procured from Cambridge Assessment International Education.
“Whether Mr Abba Kyari as an individual can apply for the said certifying statement not being an academic institution or an employer of the candidate.
“Whether the said certifying statement can be delivered to Mr Abba Kyari by hand as he claimed he signed and personally collected same by hand in the UK.
“Evidence of the said application and of the candidate’s authorisation to the Cambridge Assessment International Education for the release of the said certifying statement to Mr Abba Kyari.”
He added that “in the circumstance that the certifying statement is found to be forged, it will be of great service to both Nigeria and the United Kingdom that Mr. Abba Kyari is arrested and arraigned in a court of competent jurisdiction for forgery.”
Atiku and PDP had in a 43-page final address filed by their lead counsel, Dr Levy Uzoukwu SAN, Atiku and PDP claimed to have established the fact that Buhari does not possess the requisite academic qualification for the position of President of Nigeria.
In Final address filed on August 14, the petitioners said even Buhari’s own witnesses under cross examination admitted to the fact that Buhari does not possess a school certificate, being the basic requirements for contesting for the office of the president.
“We therefore submit that all the purported evidence led by the 2nd respondent (Buhari) to prove that he attended a secondary school or a primary school or that he attended some courses, is irrelevant because he did not rely on any of those purported qualifications in exhibit P1, he relied on primary school certificate, WASC and Officer Cadet.
“Equally futile is his attempt to prove that he can speak and write in the English language. That is all irrelevant to his inability to produce his primary school certificate, secondary school certificate or WASC and his Officer Cadet qualification, whatever that means. Officer Cadet is not a qualification or certificate under the Constitution and Electoral Act; nor is it known to any law.
On the purported Cambridge University certificate tendered by Buhari before the tribunal, the petitioners asked why, “it was easier for Buhari to go all the way to Cambridge in the United Kingdom to obtain a bogus documents that his own witnesses said was not a certificate, instead of just driving down the street in Abuja to the Army Headquarters or placing a phone call to the Secretary of the Military Board in Abuja to hurry over with his certificate or certificates.”
Still on the Cambridge University documents, the petitioners submitted that, “A comparison of the purported Cambridge Assessment International Education Certifying Statement of the purported West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate and a certified true copy of the purported confidential result sheet of the University of Cambridge West African School Certificate of 1961 for the Provincial Secondary School, Katsina reveals many discrepancies in the suppose result.
Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Friday morning
1. Shiites leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky made a sudden return to Nigeria on Thursday abandoning his medical treatment in India.
2. A Federal High Court in Lagos State, on Thursday granted bail to Abdullahi Babalele, son-in-law to Atiku Abubakar, in the sum of N20million with one surety in like sum.
3. The Omo N’Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II yesterday told President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the cries of Nigerians, adding that the President must not ignore the constructive criticism of the people.
4. Atiku Abubakar and the PDP have insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari was not qualified to have contested the 2019 presidential election and as such should be disqualified by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. They said this in their final written address filed before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
5. President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, said Nigeria must reduce dependence on medical treatment abroad, while assuring that the efforts by his administration will be redoubled to improve health facilities, equipment and services in the country.
6. A twin three-story building was, on Wednesday night, gutted by fire in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State. The fire started around 8 p.m. in one of the flats on the last floor.
7. The Federal High Court Abuja on Thursday fixed Monday, August 19, to determine if President Muhammadu Buhari will inaugurate his new Ministers or not in a suit filed by Musa Baba-panya, seeking court order to stop the inauguration.
8. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Thursday, dispelled reports that negotiations between the organised labour and the Technical Committee on Consequential Adjustment of the new minimum wage had stopped.
9. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Thursday, said it has released guidelines for the disbursement of lower denominations of the Naira through microfinance banks (MFBs) across the country.
10. No fewer than three soldiers were reportedly killed in a gun battle with members of Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP who stormed a community in Maiduguri, Borno State, and attacked a military location at about 12 midnight local time.
BREAKING: Atiku’s son in-law granted bail
Justice Nicholas Oweibo granted him bail in the sum of N20million with one surety in like sum.
According to the judge, the surety must be resident in Lagos and must produce evidence of means through an affidavit. He also ordered Babalele to deposit his passport.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had on Wednesday arraigned Babalele for allegedly laundering $140,000 during the general elections.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charges leveled against him.
The commission also arraigned Atiku’s lawyer, Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie and his brother Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, on a separate charge of laundering $2million.
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