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Governor Hope Uzodinma who is the Imo State Governor has released a statement while blasting Nigerians for raising what he termed as some unnecessary controversy over the basic school certificates of the presidential flagbearer of the All Progressive Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and some other candidates.
Governor Hope Uzodinma while reacting to the outcry had mentioned that if Independent Elecrtoral Council (INEC) actually boasts of a functional server, that information should be domiciled in the serr which could be reproduced for all to verify.
While buttressing his claims, he had also mentioned that for a person who served as governor of Lagos State for two terms and ran as a Senator and won, issues surrounding his primary or secondary school certificates shouldn not even arise and be a cause for concern.
The Imo State Governor, however, said given the timeline available for their candidate, INEC would be furnished with the necessary documents before the time elapses.
Uzodinma gave his views after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa Abuja on Tuesday, shortly before the President departed for Portugal for a state visit.
Recall that the APC Presidential flagbearer, Bola Tinubu has been facing backlash from the public over his failure to submit details of his basic school education. While the controversies continue, Tinubu is faced with the dilemma of producing a substantive running mate, rather than a placeholder.
But reacting to the development, Uzodimna said, “Well, all the things so mentioned are entire party challenges that will be resolved. But for my presidential candidate, the issue of certificates shouldn’t even arise.
“In 1999 he contested elections and became the governor of Lagos, in 2003 he contested election second-term governor of Lagos. He ran and won as a senator in the country, where record keeping is efficient, and the INEC server is functional, he doesn’t need to do a fresh submission. However, if whatever he is supposed to submit is not handy, it is not late yet. I’m sure before the time he will submit whatever is required of him”.
Asked by State House Correspondents while it is proving difficult for Tinubu to produce a running mate, even with INEC’s deadline running out, he responded saying, “What do you mean by difficulty? Who told you? The deadline is not yet here until the period of submission is over and we are not able to put a running mate, that is the only way you can ask this kind of question.
“However, I know because of the strength of character in our party, being the ruling party and how important the party is to us including you here, I appreciate your concern but be rest assured that we will fill a complete ticket for the presidential contest”.