In a comprehensive report, the BBC’s Global Disinformation Team has conclusively stated that there is no evidence indicating forgery in the Chicago State University academic records submitted by President Bola Tinubu to the Independent National Electoral Commission for the 2023 presidential election.
In a significant turn of events, The Pandora Newspaper broke the news about the release of President Bola Tinubu’s academic records by the university. The documents swiftly gained traction on social media but faced allegations of forgery from opposition party leaders and key rivals, such as Labour Party’s Peter Obi and the Peoples Democratic Party’s Atiku Abubakar.
The demand for transparency led to a legal battle initiated by Atiku in a US court. The lawsuit accuses Tinubu of falsifying the Chicago State University (CSU) diploma in Business Administration awarded in 1979, a document submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the upcoming 2023 presidential election.
The unfolding controversy adds a layer of complexity to the political landscape, with public attention keenly focused on the legal proceedings and the ultimate resolution of the authenticity of Tinubu’s academic credentials—a pivotal issue shaping the discourse as the election approaches.”
“Atiku’s Legal Battle Unveils Stringent Document Demands Regarding Tinubu’s Academic Records
The ongoing trial initiated by Atiku in a US court has brought to light a comprehensive list of documents he is seeking as evidence concerning President Bola Tinubu’s academic credentials. Atiku’s legal team is rigorously pursuing the following documents:
- A copy of any diploma issued by Chicago State University (CSU) in 1979.
- A copy of the diploma awarded to Mr. Tinubu by CSU in 1979.
- Copies of diplomas with identical font, seal, signatures, and wording, presented to other students that mirror what CSU awarded to Mr. Tinubu in 1979.
- Documents from CSU certified by Jamar Orr, who served as a staff member at CSU during the 12 months from August 1, 2022. In response to the demands made by Atiku’s legal team during the trial, President Bola Tinubu’s lawyers have asserted that the requested documents are not pertinent to Atiku’s appeal against Tinubu at the Supreme Court. Despite the magistrate, Jeffrey Gilbert, issuing an order for Chicago State University (CSU) to furnish Atiku’s legal team with all relevant and non-privileged documents within two days, Tinubu’s legal representatives maintain that the specified documents do not bear significance to the ongoing appeal.This legal stance adds a layer of complexity to the proceedings, raising questions about the scope and relevance of the requested evidence in the context of Atiku’s appeal at the Supreme Court.”