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Court admits Tinubu’s Chicago university education credentials

IN response to a petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Abubakar Atiku, challenging President Bola Tinubu’s election victory, the Presidential Election Petitions Court has officially admitted the credentials of President Bola Tinubu from Chicago State University as exhibits.

The educational records submitted to prove Tinubu’s attendance and graduation from the American university included, among other things, the institution’s entrance letter, which was presented at the petition’s resumed hearing.

Tinubu submitted his Chicago State University transcripts and his American visa paperwork through his main lawyer, Wole Olanipekun, as evidence that he visited the United States freely between 2011 and 2021.

The President made all of the documentation from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) that cleared him for the US trips accessible to the court along with the evidence he submitted to refute the criminal accusations brought against him in the lawsuit.

The US Embassy letter from April 4, 2003, which is a response to a letter from the Nigeria Police Force dated February 3, 2003, stated that the embassy had no record of Tinubu having any criminal offenses in the US, has also been accepted as an exhibit by the court.

The PDP and former Vice President Abubakar raised objections to the documents’ admissibility, but they were overruled.

However, the petition’s first and third respondents, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), did not raise any objections to the inclusion of all the papers.

The court also accepted the originating summons of a lawsuit brought by the attorneys general of the states of Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, and Sokoto challenging Tinubu’s educational qualifications to run for president in 2023 along with the academic records.

The President’s lawyers requested an adjournment after presenting the documented evidence needed to support their case. This was done so they could summon oral witnesses.

After calling one witness at the Tribunal earlier in the day, the electoral umpire concluded its defense of the petition submitted by the Labour Party.

ICT expert Lawrence Bayode, argued under cross-examination that the commission’s announcement of the presidential election results was accurate despite acknowledging that some of the data retrieved from INEC’s homepage were distorted, the witness.

Patrick Ikwueto, the lawyer for the Labour Party, stated that that results that are entirely unreadable cannot be genuine.

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