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BIG STORY: Court Admits In Evidence Tinubu’s Chicago Varsity Admission Transcript With Female Gender

Atiku and Tinubu

There was mild drama at the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) sitting in Abuja on Friday, as the court admitted in evidence a transcript in aid of admission into Chicago State University made by South West College in the name of Bola Tinubu, who was identified as a female gender.

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his party tendered the document along with other documents to prove the allegations in a joint petition challenging Tinubu’s declaration as the winner of the February 25 presidential election.

Other documents tendered in evidence by the petitioners and admitted as exhibits by the court are a certified true copy of a certificate supposedly issued to Tinubu by the Chicago State University, a certificate of service by the National Youth Services Corps (NYSC) issued in the name of Tinubu Bola Adekunle, a party membership card, and a certificate of service from Mobile Oil Nigeria Plc.

Other documents tendered by the petitioners in urging the court to nullify Tinubu’s election are a notarized judgement of the USA court for criminal forfeiture of Tinubu’s assets as well as a printout of the Guinea passport belonging to Tinubu.

Also tendered were a certificate of compliance, a witness statement on oath, and other documents to prove the allegations contained in their petition challenging the declaration of Tinubu as the winner of the February 25 presidential election.

The lead counsel to the petitioners, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), while leading the 27th witness of the petitioners, Mr. Mike Enahoro-Eba, who was subpoenaed to come and testify in court, tendered the documents through the witness, who is an Abuja-based human rights and public interest lawyer.

Under cross-examination by the lead counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), the witness, who said the election went on smoothly at the polling unit where he voted in Abuja, said he filed a suit against Tinubu at a Magistrate Court as a human rights and public interest lawyer.

Earlier, the petitioners tendered certified true copies of Form EC8As, which are results of the presidential election from polling units in six states of the Federation.

A breakdown of the documents is: Form EC8As from 25 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Delta; Forms EC8As from 13 LGAs of Ebonyi; Forms EC8As from 18 LGAs of Edo; 17 LGAs of Enugu; 27 LGAs of Imo; and Forms EC8As from 21 LGAs of Kogi.

INEC, Tinubu, and the All Progressives Congress (APC), who were listed as respondents in the petition marked CA/PEPC/05/2023, objected to the admissibility of the documents and promised to give reasons for their objection at the final address stage.

The court, however, admitted the documents and marked them as exhibits.