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Tribunal: Tinubu Submits Chicago Varsity Admittance Letter Along With Other Documents



The academic records of President Bola Tinubu from Chicago State University as well as a variety of other documents were accepted as exhibits before the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) in Abuja.

Tinubu submitted the paperwork to the tribunal on Tuesday through his legal team headed by Wole Olanipekun (SAN).

In response to the petitions filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, contesting Tinubu’s win in the February 25 presidential election, the President on July 4, began his defence in accordance with the tribunal’s Monday ruling.

New Telegraph gathered that Tinubu’s US visa was also presented by Olanipekun at the hearings on Tuesday.


A letter of admission that the university had provided to Tinubu was among the academic records for the student from Chicago State University that Olanipekun had submitted.

Documents from the Nigerian Immigration Service, which Olanipekun claimed cleared Tinubu for travel to the US, were also presented, showing that he did so without incident between 2011 and 2021.

A letter from the US Embassy dated April 4, 2003, to the Nigeria Police saying that Tinubu had no criminal history in the US was also accepted as evidence by the court.

Along with the academic papers, Tinubu also sent newspaper articles on other lawsuits that various parties had brought against him.

The court also acknowledged an Originating Summons of a lawsuit brought before the Supreme Court by the solicitors general of the states of Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, and Sokoto, which contested Tinubu’s bid for the presidency in 2023.

Justice Haruna Tsammani presided over the court, which postponed further hearings until today, Wednesday.

In the meantime, the Independent National Electoral Commission also began and ended its defence on Tuesday in the petition submitted by the Labour Party and its candidate, Peter Obi, over the legitimacy of the presidential election held on February 25.

Following the first witness, Lawrence Bayode, an assistant director in charge of its ICT department, who was called to testify during the resumed sessions on Tuesday morning, A.B. Mahmoud (SAN), the attorney for INEC, closed its case in the appeal.

On Monday, Bayode gave testimony in support of the commission’s defence against the PDP and Atiku appeal.

The tribunal postponed the opening of Tinubu and his vice, Kashim Shettima’s defence in Obi’s petition until today, Wednesday.

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