The former Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Farouk Aliyu, has said anyone doubting the credentials of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, should seek redress in court.
He made the comment during an interview on Channels Television Sunday Politics. This is coming amid claims that the presidential hopeful falsified his academic qualifications.
“We have gone through this a very long time ago. Asiwaju Tinubu was governor in Lagos a two-time governor. These issues have come up. What haven’t they said about Tinubu? What hasn’t he proved to the people? And look, that is the beauty of democracy.”
“If anybody feels strongly that our candidate does not qualify to be president, he is entitled to go to court and challenge that,” he said.
Speaking on the search for a running mate for Tinubu, Aliyu said the decision lies in the hands of the presidential candidate. He noted that the party is still consulting and will concentrate on competence, not religion, in its choice.
“So, if our party comes out with a Muslim candidate, so be it. We are going to make sure we win the election,” he maintained.
“And if in the wisdom of our candidate, he brings a Christian candidate, we are also going to make sure we win the election because, as I said before, it is not about the religion or where you come from. It is about competence.”
His comments came hours after Tinubu said he is still searching for a running mate ahead of the general elections.
He stated this on Sunday while presenting his keynote address at a book launch to mark the 60th birthday of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
“I could see a Deputy (Wase) sitting down there too, and you are very good symbols of unity, dependability, and honesty, thank you. Thank you for both of you. You’ve not rocked the boat. I will need to learn from both of you how you made the pair work because I’m still searching for my running mate,” Tinubu said at the event held in Abuja.
“What you did during my primary (APC presidential election) is a story for another day. I’ve spent more time, too many times, and people might be bored, they might be envious too, they might be jealous. I won a landslide, and I thank you.
“Femi, with your determination, and reach, you are a contributor to our democratic growth, thank you. It is about charting a path to success, you’ve done a good job, and I say thank you, thank you.”
There has been controversy over the educational qualification claims of the former Lagos State governor. In the INEC Form CF001 submitted on Friday, June 17, 2022, the presidential candidate did not provide details of his primary and secondary schools, leaving the spaces blank.
Also, Tinubu failed to submit copies of the certificate, which he stated in an affidavit had been stolen by unknown persons.