By Tom Garba,Yola
A member representing Uba/Gaya constituency of Hong LGA in the Adamawa House of Assembly, Hon. Mohammad Hayatu Atiku, has been accused of forging a B.Sc degree in Mathematics which he claimed to have obtained from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State in April 2008.
His accusers claim that Atiku dropped out of ABU when he was in 200 level in the university but hanged around for some time in the institution until he was finally expel from the school.
A concern citizen from Uba, Abubakar Said Umar told The Dream Daily that some opponents Atiku have petitioned the Adamawa Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja against over the matter and that authorities of the ABU Zaria have since testified before the tribunal that the certificate was forged.
“Seeing the ugly trend of events surrounding this issue, some individuals who are said to be marshalling support for President Buhari’s anti-corruption war also petitioned ABU Zaria for verification and it was verified via a report from ABU Zaria that the said member was not indeed a graduate of the institution.” Umar said
Umar added that the circumstances surrounding the manner in which Atiku was smuggled into the state House of Assembly complex for swearing-in needed to be investigated “so as to ascertain how he was aided by some security personnel that ordinarily were supposed to arrest and arraign him for prosecution.”
Umar cautioned that “if people with questionable character will be allowed to be part of this administration, it will indeed rubbish the change slogan of APC and Buhari as a person whose image of integrity is internationally accepted.”
Opponents of Atiku are currently challenging his election at the tribunal.
Effort to contact the lawmaker for reaction on the allegation concerning his certificate proved abortive as all his telephone lines were always forwarding calls. He was also not on seat when The Dream Daily called at his office in the Adamawa House of Assembly.
By Tom Garba,Yola