“I’m not claiming another father, I am Tinubu and Tinubu proper. If they want a DNA, they could as well request from us.” – Tinubu
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has lambasted those who are pushing the narrative that his parentage is questionable, saying that he would be happy to submit himself to a Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) test to shut them up.
The former Lagos State governor, popularly known as Jagaban Borgu said this on Monday during his presentation at Chatham House in London, the United Kingdom, where he spoke on his plans for Nigeria and foreign policy imperatives ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Tinubu insisted that he remains a proper member of the Tinubu family, faulting his counterparts from other political parties who have been criticising his identity at any opportunity.
“I’m not claiming another father, I am Tinubu and Tinubu proper. If they want a DNA, they could as well request from us. One of them has even been accused of not being a Nigerian citizen, I didn’t touch that area,” Tinubu said.
He insisted that his birth, academic, and professional records are consistent, adding that his critics are only wasting their time and money.
Tinubu, however, said today that those in doubt of his paternity can request a DNA test to validate that he is indeed a scion of the Tinubu family.
Speaking about his date of birth, Tinubu said the question is inquisitive but that at the time of birth, he was dated March 29, 1952.
“I’ve had a very good exposure in life, my record is consistent in the school, in the university, they (critics) are now convinced that they wasted their money and their time. The record is there, the transcript is there showing March 1952,” he said.
Speaking further on controversies surrounding his educational qualification and jobs abroad, Tinubu insisted that it all remains the same as he has shared earlier.
According to him, Deloitte, Chicago State University, where he graduated, has attested to his academic background.
“I can announce that I have received my original replacement degree certificate from them,” Tinubu said.
The APC presidential candidate said none of his contenders can match his professional records, which he described as “outstanding”.
“Deloitte trained me as an accountant. Mobil Oil has attested to my record, outstanding record, I got to the pinnacle of my career in the private sector. Who among them can brag about that?” he queried.