A lawyer representing Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general elections, has alleged that President Bola Tinubu submitted a counterfeit degree certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in preparation for the elections.
During a press conference organized by Atiku following the disclosure of the President’s academic records by Chicago State University, attorney Kalu Kalu made this assertion on Thursday. Despite denials from the President and his supporters, Mr. Kalu argued that the provided document supports the accusations of forgery.
Asked what the documents show, he said, “One, that Bola Ahmed Tinubu forged the certificate he presented to INEC. That, two, that the qualifying certificate from South West College to Chicago State University bears a female name indicating that that document does not belong to Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Three, the Chicago State University admission form has a claim that Bola Ahmed Tinubu attended Government College Lagos and graduated in 1970 when indeed the school was established in 1974.
“The same document has it that the owner of that document is a black American and (in) the document Bola Ahmed Tinubu submitted to INEC, he denied having dual citizenship which means it does not belong to him. Then, the same document, oral deposition, said the A in Bola A Tinubu is Ahmed but the NYSC certificate Bola Ahmed Tinubu submitted to INEC has Adekunle. I don’t know where Adekunle emerged from.”
Following the dismissal of his petition by the Presidential Election Tribunal, former Vice President Abubakar is now seeking a reversal of Tinubu’s election through the Supreme Court. As part of his efforts to challenge the election outcome, he has initiated legal proceedings in the United States, resulting in his legal team obtaining the President’s academic records, which have been a source of controversy.
When Mr Kalu was asked at the press conference what value he expected the documents received to have at the Supreme Court, he said, “It is very, very clear that from decided authorities, the Supreme Court has held that they can accept a party to adduce fresh evidence as long as certain conditions are met and from what transpired in proceedings in US courts, that condition has been met.
“So, as we speak, our law is very clear that a party at fault cannot be allowed to enjoy the fruits of its illegality.”
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