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  • Updated: October 11, 2023

Academic Results: How Atiku Legally Regularised Name From Siddiq Abubakar

Academic Results: How Atiku Legally Regularised Name From Si

Atiku Abubakar

According to a declaration of oath taken in August 1973, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate formally regularized his name from Siddiq Abubakar to Atiku Abubakar. 

The document obtained by People's Gazette highlighted how the former vice-president was originally known as Atiku Abubakar before briefly using Siddiq Abubakar and then returning to Atiku Abubakar, which he has not changed since. 

“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,” Atiku Abubakar declared at the Chief Magistrate’s Court Registry in Lagos on August 18, 1973.

Atiku Abubakar's Affidavit From 1973

When he swore the affidavit before the Apapa Chief Magistrate's Court, Abubakar was a deputy preventive superintendent with the Nigeria Customs Service.

Questions regarding Abubakar's prior use of Siddiq were recently raised by President Tinubu's advisers and supporters, who have been looking for ways to divert global attention away from the Nigerian leader's well-documented history of falsification and fraudulent assertions under oath.

Tinubu's supporters have been circulating documents indicating that Abubakar took the West African Examination (WAEC) in the 1960s under the name "Siddiq," in an attempt to discredit the PDP candidate, who is attempting to overturn Tinubu's victory at the Supreme Court by presenting a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission, which is a violation of the Nigerian Constitution.

Last Thursday, Abubakar presented new evidence to the Supreme Court that Tinubu submitted a forged Chicago State University (CSU) certificate to INEC shortly after the school's registrar, Caleb Westberg, stated under oath that he could not authenticate the document because the institution did not issue it. 

According to the deposition on October 3, where Westberg was questioned for more than five hours by Abubakar's attorneys, led by Angela Liu of Chicago-based Dechert LLP, the school presumed the A in Bola A. Tinubu's name was Ahmed. 

This fueled allegations of identity theft because other documents belonging to Tinubu showed him answering Bola Adekunle Tinubu.

According to Peoples Gazette, before they got the 1973 affidavit, Abubakar's supporters said that the opposition leader had done nothing illegal, at least not to the extent of the president's numerous discrepancies, which many saw as bordering on criminality. 

However, Tinubu's aides accused Abubakar of using another person's WAEC certificate to enrol in public service, even though persons of northern descent said Siddiq Abubakar was a popular usage up until now.

Abubakar withdrew from the Nigerian Customs Service in 1989, later moving into the private sector and continuing to play crucial roles in the country's political path. 

Abubakar's supporters also disseminate images of him with his high school classmates in Adamawa and dare Tinubu to present a photo of him with his classmates.

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