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APC PRIMARIES: Tinubu Has Been Disqualified – Farooq Kperogi

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APC PRIMARIES: Tinubu Has Been Disqualified – Farooq Kperogi

Touchaheart reports that Farooq Kperogi, a Professor of Journalism and Emerging Media at Kennesaw State University, both Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, and Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President, are not young.

Kperogi made this comment in a social media post after Oyegun’s committee delivered its screening report to the APC’s National Working Committee on Friday, June 3, 2022, according to this online news portal.

Touchaheart Nigeria reports that following the submission, Oyegun intimated that young hopefuls might make the list of cleared APC Presidential aspirants.

Reacting to Oyegun’s statement on the disqualification of 10 APC Presidential Aspirants in a post titled, ‘Tinubu and Osinbajo disqualified from APC Primaries?’ on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, Kperogi wrote: “John Oyegun, who chaired APC’s screening committee, told newsmen a while ago that only 13 “youthful aspirants” were cleared to run for the party’s primaries.

“I can bet my bottom dollar that Bola Tinubu has been disqualified. 70 years isn’t, by any system of measurement, “youthful.”

“At 65, which is just five years younger than Tinubu, Yemi Osinbajo isn’t “youthful,” either.

“The implosion of APC has just officially started!”

Call For Tinubu’s Disqualification

Though it is unclear whether Tinubu has been disqualified, Newsone recalls that a member of the All Progressives Congress in Kano State, Sagir Mai Iyali, had previously sent a petition to the Oyegun-led committee requesting Tinubu’s dismissal.

The APC member from Kano State, northern Nigeria, urged that the former governor’s “questionable educational qualifications” be disqualified in a letter dated May 17, 2022.

Tinubu allegedly submitted fake documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission in 1998, according to the APC member.

Tinubu is over the legal age to run for president, but his age is unknown, according to Iyali, who added that the secrecy surrounding the presidential candidate could jeopardize the party’s chances at the polls.

It read in part, “We understand that Bola Tinubu who has since procured his expression of interest and nomination forms and has submitted the same to the party has certain issues that clearly amount to a similar disqualification scenario.

“From the information contained in prior submissions to INEC, particularly in 1999, Mr. Tinubu presented a false claim, on oath, of his attendance at the University of Chicago from 1972-1976.

“It is clear now that these claims are false. Not only was this filed in the INEC form with a declaration on oath on December 20 1999, it was also contained in an affidavit of loss sworn to before the High Court of Lagos, Ikeja Registry, December 29, 1998.”

The petition asked Tinubu to show proof he attended the University of Chicago or he must stand disqualified as the opposition is in possession of his questionable credentials.

“Over the years, the identity of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has been shrouded in secrecy. In fact, no one can claim to know the identity of the man. Repeated efforts and demands by the general populace and the media to unravel the identity of Asiwaju Tinubu have all proved abortive and unsuccessful,” he wrote.

In his response, at 9.30 pm on Monday, May 30, 2022, Tinubu’s Media Aide, Tunde Ramon, said a statement would be issued soon. But he had yet to issue the statement in this regard.

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