In a recent development, Phrank Shaibu, the Special Assistant on Public Communication to Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), disclosed that Atiku Abubakar has formally petitioned the BBC concerning a report on Bola Tinubu’s certificate.
The report in question, titled “Bola Tinubu Diploma: No Evidence Nigeria’s President Forged College Record,” examines the controversy surrounding the certificate submitted by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to BBC’s analysis, no evidence suggests that the President forged the mentioned certificate.
During an interview on Channels TV, Shaibu addressed the matter, highlighting that it has been brought to the attention of the BBC’s top management. He emphasized that the individuals behind the report are not regular BBC employees but part of a fact-checking team. Shaibu further highlighted potential biases, citing the prior association of one of the authors with TVC, an entity connected to President Tinubu.
Atiku Submits Petition to BBC Regarding Certificate Report
Shaibu also contested the claims made in the report, stating that the Atiku media team had not been unresponsive, contrary to what was asserted. He clarified that they have formally communicated their concerns to the BBC, stressing that the platform was allegedly utilized for a biased narrative.
The development signals an escalation in the ongoing controversy surrounding the certification issue and the involvement of major media organizations in scrutinising public figures.
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