Soddiq Abubakar: Atiku provides 1973 affidavit showing change of name (photo)

According to a declaration of oath made in August 1973 and obtained by Newsmen, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate formally changed his name from Siddiq Abubakar to Atiku Abubakar.

“That in the year 1965, I changed my name to Siddiq Abubakar; That I wish to be known, addressed and called Atiku Abubakar; That all documents bearing my former names remain valid,” Mr Abubakar declared at the Chief Magistrate’s Court Registry in Lagos on August 18, 1973….CONTINUE READING HERE

The letter explained that the former vice president was first known as Atiku Abubakar then switching to Siddiq Abubakar for a brief period of time before returning to Atiku Abubakar, which he has used consistently ever since.

When Mr. Abubakar swore to the affidavit in front of the Chief Magistrate’s Court, Apapa, he was a deputy preventive superintendent with the Nigeria Customs Service in Apapa, Lagos.

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Aides and friends of President Bola Tinubu have recently resurrected questions about Mr. Abubakar’s prior use of Siddiq in an effort to divert attention away from the Nigerian leader’s well-documented history of falsification and false statements made under oath.

In an effort to discredit the PDP candidate who wants to overturn Mr. Tinubu’s victory at the Supreme Court by presenting a fake certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission in violation of the Nigerian Constitution, supporters of Mr. Tinubu have been spreading documents that show Mr. Abubakar took the West African Examination (WAEC) in the 1960s using “Siddiq.”

Last Thursday, Mr. Abubakar provided the supreme court with new proof that Mr. Tinubu had given INEC a fake Chicago State University (CSU) certificate shortly after the school’s registrar, Caleb Westberg, swore under oath that he was unable to authenticate it because the institution had not issued it.

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Additionally, according to the deposition on October 3, where Mr. Westberg was questioned for more than five hours by Mr. Abubakar’s attorneys, lead by Angela Liu of Chicago-based Dechert LLP, it was presumed that the A in Bola A. Tinubu’s name was Ahmed. Because other records that belonged to Mr. Tinubu proved that he answered Bola Adekunle Tinubu, this only served to fuel rumors of identity fraud.

Even before The Gazette acquired the 1973 affidavit, Mr. Abubakar’s followers had insisted that the opposition leader had committed no crimes, certainly nothing on the same scale as the president’s many inconsistencies, which many saw as bordering on criminal activity.

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However, Mr. Abubakar was accused by Mr. Tinubu’s aides of using another person’s WAEC certificate to apply for a position in government, despite the fact that those of northern ancestry claimed Siddiq Abubakar was a common name in the area even up to this point.

After leaving the Nigerian Customs Service in 1989, Mr. Abubakar entered the private sector and has since played a significant role in the political development of the nation.

Additionally, Mr. Abubakar’s supporters share pictures of him with his high school friends from Adamawa and encourage Mr. Tinubu to do the same.

The Government College Ibadan Old Students Association cancelled a luncheon planned in Mr. Tinubu’s honor in 1999 after learning that, contrary to what he claimed under oath, he had never been a student there.….CONTINUE READING HERE