There is a plot by a fake National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) in the United States (U.S.) to discredit President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) said yesterday.
“This impostor NADECO is organising a World Press Conference aimed at propagating unfounded claims regarding the educational credentials of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu”, the Chairman of the U.S. chapter of the party, Prof. Tai Balofin, said.
According to him, APC USA members have planned a public campaign in Chicago today to address a world press conference to inform and guide the public and international community about true situation in Nigeria and the progressive leadership of President B Tinubu.
The university don said in a statement that APC-USA has a responsibility “to shed light on this matter and emphasize the importance of substantiated facts over premature and unsubstantiated allegations.”
Balofin stressed the need “to distinguish between genuine and constructive inquiry and baseless accusations.”
He said: “The allegation surrounding President Tinubu’s educational certificate from Chicago State University (CSU) has been addressed, with CSU confirming the authenticity of the certificate.
“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.”
Balofin described President Tinubu as a prominent figure and statesman, who has contributed immensely to Nigeria’s political landscape, adding that “his dedication and service to the nation have been evident for years.”
He said: “It is unbecoming and counterproductive to attempt to tarnish his reputation for political gain and cheap blackmail.
“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. 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.
“Premature and unfounded allegations not only do a disservice to the public but also risk diverting attention from pressing issues that truly deserve scrutiny.
“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”.
“The supporters of Labour Party Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi and those of Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar should wait for the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling.”