Good governance political parties and civil society organisations have urged President Bola Tinubu to remove the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) honor from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
On Thursday, the coalition argued that Atiku, in his pursuit of political power, seeks to diminish the prestige of the presidential office.
Atiku, on his part, accused President Tinubu of presenting a phony certificate from Chicago State University (CSU) to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a press conference in Abuja, Lilian Ogbole, the head of the coalition, criticized Nigerians for overlooking allegations against Peter Obi, the Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate, that he tarnished Nigeria’s reputation.
She suggested removing Atiku’s national honor would serve as a warning to others, emphasizing the importance of respect for the presidency.
Ogbole said: “It has become evident that Atiku, the former Vice President, consistently undermines national interests, disregards democracy, and shows little regard for the rule of law.”
During his world press conference, Atiku admitted to singularly taking over control of Lagos State with Bola Tinubu and other South-Western states via fraudulent means in the 2003 elections.
“Such actions ridicule our commitment to constitutional democracy,” she said.
Ogbole also expressed disappointment at Atiku’s continuous flouting of authority and constant electoral manipulations while audaciously accusing others of those same actions in public.
Atiku’s former superior, Olusegun Obasanjo, confirmed that most improper traits that Atiku accuses President Tinubu of are often associated with Atiku himself.
Ogbole called on President Tinubu to revoke Atiku Abubakar Sadiq’s GCON honor for the country’s sake via the power vested in him by the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, as modified.
“Atiku’s character makes him unworthy of an award intended for honorable individuals,” she mentioned.
Ogbole asserted that revoking Atiku’s honor would serve as a warning to future offenders and encourage respect towards the presidential office.
Referring to Obi, the coalition referred to his attempt to question the details given by the President to INEC as childlike, shameful, and farcical.
Obi’s desperate measures to caste aspersions on the President’s INEC documents while providing no solid proof to back up his claims were evidence of this.
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Rather than providing evidence to discredit the statements President Tinubu made to INEC, Obi ludicrously asked the President for help in proving the documents false.
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