All Nigeria Latest News reports that the Presidential Election Petitions Court has admitted President Bola Tinubu’s Chicago State University credentials as exhibits. This comes as he officially began his defense in response to a petition filed against his election victory by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Abubakar Atiku.
During the ongoing hearing of the petition, the presented educational documents aimed to verify Tinubu’s attendance and graduation from the American university include the admission letter provided to him by the institution, among other relevant documents.
Under the guidance of his lead counsel, Wole Olanipekun, the President submitted his Chicago State University credentials and American visa documents. This submission aimed to substantiate his claim of unhindered visits to the United States between 2011 and 2021.
Tinubu, who tendered the documents to debunk allegations of criminality contained in the petition against him, also made available to the court all documents of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) which cleared him for the US trips.
The court has also admitted the US Embassy letter dated April 4, 2003, as an exhibit. This letter, in response to a communication from the Nigeria Police Force dated February 3, 2003, stated that the embassy had no criminal records of Tinubu in the United States.
The documents were admitted into evidence despite objections to their admissibility raised by the PDP and former Vice President Abubakar.
However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), serving as the 1st and 3rd respondents in the petition, did not raise objections to the admission of any of the documents.
Besides the educational records, the court further admitted an originating summons of a suit instituted at the Supreme Court by the Attorneys General of Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo And Sokoto states challenging the educational background of Tinubu to stand for the 2023 presidential election.
Having laid the documentary evidence to establish its case, lawyers to the President asked for an adjournment to enable them to call oral witnesses.
Earlier in the day, the electoral umpire closed its defence in the petition filed by the Labour Party after calling one witness at the Tribunal.
The witness, Lawrence Bayode, an ICT expert, acknowledged that some of the results downloaded from INEC’s portal were blurred. Nevertheless, under cross-examination, he insisted that the results of the presidential election released by the commission are authentic.
The lawyer representing the Labour Party, Patrick Ikwueto, disagreed, asserting that the results cannot be deemed authentic when they are predominantly unreadable.