December 11, 2023

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WE CAN’T CONFIRM TINUBU’S CERTIFICATE -CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY

We Can’t Confirm Tinubu’s Certificate -Chicago State University

Chicago State University finds itself at the center of a political dispute involving the newly elected president of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu.

Few weeks ago Nigeria’s Presidential Election Petition Court dismissed Abubakar’s claim against Tinubu’s Feb. 25 election.

However, Abubakar continues to fight the results in Chicago in United States Of America.

CSU’s lawyer, Michael Hayes, told Gilbert that the university wouldn’t be able to certify Tinubu’s diploma under oath.

Atiku Abubakar, claims that documents showing that Tinubu graduated from Chicago State in 1979 are not authentic, and that it is grounds to nullify Tinubu’s election victory.

The Chicago State University lawyer categorically stated that the school was not in a position to authenticate Tinubu’s certificate as either fake or genuine.

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois adjourned ruling on the subpoena application for Nigerian President, Bola Tinubu’s records from the Chicago State University (CSU).

The adjournment came on Tuesday after the CSU said it was not in a position to confirm the certificate Tinubu submitted to the Nigeria’s electoral commission, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to run for office.

According to the report, before Judge Jeffrey Gilbert in Chicago, CSU lawyer Michael Hayes categorically stated that the school was not in a position to authenticate Tinubu’s certificate as either fake or genuine.

“Is the diploma authentic or is it a forgery? My client can’t answer yes to either of those questions,” Hayes said at the hearing in Chicago that began at about 1:30pm and lasted several hours in the lawsuit brought by Atiku Abubakar, Tinubu’s main challenger during the February 25 presidential election.

Judge Gilbert said the court has always taken a liberal and broad view in granting similar requests under Section 1782, a statute that allows the release of documents and evidence domiciled in the U.S. to be obtained and used in a foreign proceeding.

Judge Gilbert said he would need additional time to reflect before ruling on the matter, but asked lawyers to all the parties to go through records submitted before the court and update them if necessary in the meantime.

He said a date for a final ruling or additional hearing would be communicated to the parties.