Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president, claimed on Thursday that the dispute surrounding the certificate from Chicago State University that President Bola Tinubu submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission puts Nigeria’s credibility in jeopardy.
He also encouraged the relevant parties to prove the veracity of the President’s certificate that was submitted to the electoral umpire in order to safeguard the democratic principles.
According to him, “The reputation of our country is at stake and that affects Nigerians everywhere and wherever they may be.”
Chicago State University on Monday released the academic records of the President Tinubu and the CSU Registrar, Carl Westberg, also carried out a deposition of the documents on Tuesday, in compliance with the ruling of Magistrate Jeffrey Gilbert.
Gilbert had accepted Atiku’s request for access to Tinubu’s academic records on September 19, but the President requested a review of the decision.
In their request for a review of the decision, Tinubu’s attorneys maintained that the records would not be relevant in Atiku’s Supreme Court case against Tinubu.
Tinubu objected, but federal judge Nancy Maldonado dismissed them and mandated that the CSU make the President’s academic records public.
In the CSU documents, the institution responded to Atiku’s four requests and affirmed that Tinubu attended the CSU.
Meanwhile, the Presidency on Wednesday insisted that the academic records released by the varsity had vindicated the President and confirmed him as an alumnus of the school.
Temitope Ajayi, the Senior Special Assistant to the President for Media and Public Affairs, further asserted that the CSU never claimed in its evidence that the certificate Tinubu delivered to the Independent National Electoral Commission prior to the presidential election was fake.
Atiku would on Thursday (today) file his application at the Supreme Court after obtaining Tinubu’s academic records pursuant to a court order from Illinois, Chicago.
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