Worries over discovery that Atiku swore to 1973 WAEC affidavit on a Saturday
Some observers have expressed concerns over the recent revelation that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar swore to his West African Examination Council (WAEC) affidavit on August 18, 1973, which has been discovered to be a Saturday.
Alhaji Abubakar had sworn to the affidavit in court claiming to be the same person as Sadiq Abubakar.
The affidavit was sworn in the Magistrate’s Court of Lagos State tagged “Statutory Declaration”.
The former Vice President said, amongst other things:
1. That I was known, addressed and called Atiku Abubakar.
2. That in the year 1965, I changed my name to Siddiq Abubakar.
3. That I wish to be known, addressed and called Atiku Abubakar.
4. That all documents bearing my former names still remain valid.
5. That this declaration is now required for record purposes.
6. That I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing same to be true and correct and by virtue of the Oaths Edict of 1967.
The affidavit was sworn to at the Chief Magistrate’s Court Registry, Apapa, on 18th August, 1973.
See the attached document released to journalists below:
It could be recalled that News Band reported that Atiku shamed the supporters of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu after he shared pictures of his classmates and mother, as well as a copy of the affidavit.
In the report, the publisher of Ovation Magazine, Chief Dele Momodu, had released pictures of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), with his classmates and mother after he was accused of forging his Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) certificate.
The pictures were released as part of the measures taken to shut down angry and frustrated supporters of Tinubu who was recently disgraced globally following the release of his academic records by Chicago State University (CSU) to Abubakar, which record revealed that he forged his CSU diploma.
Atiku had alleged that some members of APC had questioned the name “Sadiq Abubakar” in his WAEC certificate as against his other credentials.
Proffering explanation through Momodu why Sadiq appeared on his SSCE certificate, Momodu while responding to the query, wrote:
“The APC busybodies have been bombarding me with allegations of forgery against my Principal, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (GCON), which I immediately forwarded to him and here is his copious response:
“‘Yes, I used Sadiq Abubakar to sit for my WAEC and after passing my exams I went to swear an affidavit to say I am the same person as Atiku Abubakar.
“‘I went to ABU as Atiku Abubakar and passed my Exams as Atiku Abubakar. Interviewed as Atiku Abubakar by the Federal Civil Service Commission and hired into the Customs Service as Atiku Abubakar. So where is forgery there?'”
Furthermore, Atiku’s Media Adviser, Mr Paul Ibe in a statement, said: “It is on record that the change of name of the former Vice President reverting to Atiku Abubakar from Siddiq Abubakar is well documented in an affidavit dated 18th of August 1973, spanning over a period of 50 years.”
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Reacting to Atiku’s explanations, his traducers from APC noted that from time immemorial, courts in Nigeria do not open for business on Saturdays and Sundays, being work-free days in the country.
They, therefore, suggested that the said Sadiq Abubakar might be an entirely different person from Atiku Abubakar.
On his part, Atiku said in a public statement on October 10 that he is the same person as Sadiq Abubakar who sat for WAEC in 1965.