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Tinubu’s Certificate: Chicago State University Says They Don’t Have It

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In the United States, a court has decided to delay its ruling regarding a request for Bola Tinubu’s records from Chicago State University (CSU). This decision comes after CSU denied having any knowledge of a certificate that the Nigerian president had supposedly submitted to the country’s electoral commission, INEC, as part of his candidacy for office.

According to a report by ThePressNG, CSU’s attorney, Michael Hayes, informed the court that the university was unable to verify the authenticity of Tinubu’s certificate, whether it was genuine or counterfeit. He explained that the university’s officials couldn’t vouch for the certificate’s validity because they simply lacked information about its origin or how Tinubu had obtained it.

Additionally, Hayes conceded that there were several inconsistencies within Tinubu’s certificate, such as discrepancies in the issuance date and the name of the school president at the time, as reported by Peoples Gazette.

Is the diploma authentic or is it a forgery? My client can’t answer yes to either of those questions,” Mr Hayes said at the hearing in Chicago in the lawsuit brought by Atiku Abubakar, Mr Tinubu’s main challenger and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the February 25 presidential election.

Atiku Abubakar filed the suit to compel CSU to produce records relating to Tinubu and make its top officials available for deposition to certify the produced records.

Abubakar’s lawyers said the documents and depositions are being sought for use in the Nigerian Supreme Court, where the final battle over Tinubu’s election is now headed.

Alexandre de Gramont, who appeared in court for Mr Abubakar, said, “Your Honour, we don’t know whether the Nigerian Supreme Court would be receptive to the new evidence or not, but we just want to be able to present the new evidence to them from CSU,” Mr de Gramont said.

We already have them (the documents), what we are seeking is CSU’s authentication or their explanation for some of the discrepancies.”

Tinubu’s lawyers, represented via telephone conference by Christopher Carmichael, said Abubakar was on a “fishing expedition.” They noted that the previous statements of CSU to the effect that Tinubu graduated from the school were enough.

Carmichael said there was no need to produce further evidence or place the school’s officials under oath to speak to the authenticity of Tinubu’s certificate. He said the proceeding would only fuel online trolls because the Supreme Court won’t accept new evidence even if produced.

Bola Tinubu submitted a certificate to INEC on June 17, 2022, claiming it was issued in 1979 and signed by Elnora Daniel. However, it was discovered that Ms. Daniel did not enroll at CSU until 1998, 19 years after Mr. Tinubu was supposed to have graduated. Furthermore, she left the school in 2008 due to a financial mismanagement scandal, which occurred 14 years before June 2022 when CSU issued another certificate in Mr. Tinubu’s name. This issuance was prompted by a subpoena from a Nigerian lawyer who had raised questions about Mr. Tinubu’s educational background.

These contradictions and other discrepancies led Mr. Abubakar to file a lawsuit compelling CSU to provide records related to Mr. Tinubu’s educational history.

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