The presidential candidate and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has reportedly informed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that he did not attend primary and secondary schools.
Afrika Eyes learnt that the disclosures came in an affidavit submitted by the former Governor of Lagos State to INEC on Friday as part of his eligibility to contest the presidential seat next year.
According to Peoples Gazette, the documents showed Tinubu left the columns for his primary and secondary education unmarked.
However, Tinubu reportedly said he obtained a degree in business and administration in 1979.
The documents read partly, “I went on self-exile from October 1994 to October 1998. When I returned I discovered that all my property, including all the documents relating to my qualifications and my certificates in respect of paragraph three above, were looted by unknown persons.
“My house was a target of series of searches by various security agents from the time the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was forced to adjourn following the military takeover of government of 17th November 1993.
“I was the chairman of the Senate committee on appropriation, banking and finance. I was also a plaintiff in one of the two suits against the interim national government in 1993.
“I went on exile when it became clear to me that my life was in danger.”
The electoral law mandates all candidates to submit their academic credentials that will be published for public scrutiny before an election.
Peoples Gazette further reports that Tinubu’s latest claims appear to contradict his previous election submissions, especially in 1999 and 2003 when he ran for office as a governorship candidate in Lagos. He claimed both times that he attended primary and secondary schools.