Phrank Shaibu Alleges Bias and Lack of Credibility in BBC’s Analysis on Bola Tinubu’s Educational Credentials
In a recent turn of events, Phrank Shaibu, the Special Assistant on Public Communication to Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general elections, has revealed that they have formally lodged a complaint with the BBC regarding a report on Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s educational qualifications.
The BBC’s report, titled “Bola Tinubu diploma: No evidence Nigeria’s president forged college record,” scrutinized the controversy surrounding the certificate submitted by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The report concluded that there was no evidence to suggest that the president had forged the certificate.
However, during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today, Phrank Shaibu disputed the credibility of the BBC report, stating that the matter had been taken up with the top management of the renowned media organization.
Shaibu expressed skepticism about the authors of the report, asserting, “When they said a report by the BBC, I laughed at the level of pedestrianism. The three young people who wrote that report are not even in the employment of the BBC. They are just like a fact-checking team.”
He went on to provide specific details about one of the authors, Olaronke Alo, claiming, “As of 2019, he was a reporter and presenter at TVC owned by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.” Shaibu implied a conflict of interest in Alo’s involvement in the report, raising concerns about the objectivity of the analysis.
Shaibu also contested the claim in the report that the Atiku media team did not respond to inquiries. “The same report claims that when they tried to reach the Atiku media team, we did not respond. This we have taken up with the top management, and we have written a petition to the BBC because they allowed their platform to be used for a hatched job like this.”
As the 2023 general elections draw near, this dispute adds a layer of complexity to the political landscape, bringing attention to the role of media organizations in scrutinizing the credentials of political figures. The PDP’s formal complaint against the BBC signals a heightened sensitivity to the potential impact of such reports on the electoral process.
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