The National Democratic Coalition was forewarned by the All Progressives Congress chapter in the United States on Sunday night not to proceed with its scheduled press conference regarding the controversy surrounding President Bola Tinubu’s academic certificate from Chicago State University, citing the university’s confirmation of its authenticity.
The threat comes two days after NADECO USA’s Publicity Secretary, David Adenekan, declared that the organization will host a global news conference inside Chicago City Hall on Monday at 9:45 a.m.
Adenekan went on to say that the goal was to provide the press and the world at large a chance to raise inquiries that would adequately look into and throw more light on the President’s purportedly faked CSU certificate.
In response, APC USA Chairman Prof. Tai Balofin denounced the action in a statement on Sunday night, calling it a smokescreen to demonize the president.
Balofin said that it was improper for NADECO USA, which he called a bogus organization, to be seen discussing a topic that is already in court, even if he claimed that Tinubu’s alma school had settled the dispute.
He said, “The allegation surrounding President Tinubu’s educational certificate from Chicago State University has been addressed, with CSU confirming the certificate’s authenticity. It is crucial to note that this matter is already in the hands of the appropriate authorities, specifically the courts, where due process and legal procedures will be followed.
“We therefore urge the supporters of Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi and those of Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, to wait for the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling.
“Furthermore, we would like to clarify that the group organising this World Press Conference under the banner of NADECO USA is not the original NADECO that President Tinubu was a part of during the Abacha era. We urge the public not to be misled by these attempts to distort history. Premature and unfounded allegations not only do a disservice to the public but also risk diverting attention from pressing issues that truly deserve scrutiny.
“In conclusion, the leadership of APC USA stands firmly against any attempts to undermine the reputation of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and, by extension, Nigeria. We believe in the strength of the democratic processes and the judicial system to address any legitimate concerns.
“We remain committed to democratic principles, and we encourage this group hiding under NADECO USA to engage in constructive dialogue and allow the legal system to take its course in addressing any genuine concerns.”