Phrank Shaibu, a Special Assistant responsible for Public Communication for Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general elections, has confirmed that they have filed a complaint with the BBC regarding a report on Tinubu’s certificate,Daily Trust reports.
In a report titled “Bola Tinubu diploma: No evidence Nigeria’s president forged college record,” the BBC conducted an analysis of the controversy surrounding President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s submitted certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The report stated that there was no evidence of the president forging the certificate.
During an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today, Shaibu explained that they have brought the matter to the attention of BBC’s senior management.
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Shaibu stated, “When they mentioned a report by the BBC, I found it rather amusing given the lack of credibility. The three individuals who authored that report are not even BBC employees; they function more like a fact-checking team. Take, for example, one of the authors, Olaronke Alo. In 2019, she was a reporter and presenter at TVC, a network owned by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”
He went on to assert that there was no need for clairvoyance to understand how the stories were assembled, highlighting that the initial paragraph indicated that the true certified copy of the position had been obtained from Frank Shaibu. He mentioned that one of the reporters had requested this document, and it had been provided. Additionally, he pointed out that the report claimed they had attempted to reach the Atiku media team without a response, a matter that had been raised with the BBC’s higher management. They had also submitted a formal petition to the BBC because they allowed their platform to be used for what they perceived as a malicious job.