The Presidential Election Petitions Court has recognized exhibits, including President Bola Tinubu’s Chicago State University credentials, as evidence in a challenge brought against his election victory by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Abubakar Atiku.
According to sources, Tinubu’s school credentials produced in evidence to verify his attendance and graduation from Chicago State University included the acceptance letter.
Tinubu’s US Visa paperwork, which stated that he visited the United States of America multiple times without incident between 2011 and 2021, were also shown to the PEPC.
Tinubu, the petition’s second respondent, also presented the paperwork from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) that cleared him for the US trips.
The Embassy letter of the United States of America dated April 4, 2003, which was a response to a letter of the Nigerian Police dated February 3, 2003, which claimed that the Embassy had no criminal records of Tinubu in the United States, was also submitted to the PEPC.
The Court also admitted an originating summons of a complaint filed at the Supreme Court by the Attorneys General of Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, and Sokoto States challenging Tinubu’s educational qualifications to run for president in 2023.
After presenting documentation evidence to support their argument, the President’s lawyers requested an extension to allow them to summon oral witnesses.
In the petition, the Independent National Electoral Commission (1st respondent) and the All Progressives Congress (3rd respondent) did not object to the admission of all papers.
Meanwhile, Tinubu will begin his defense in the petition filed against his election victory by the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, on Wednesday, July 5.
Tinubu’s decision to commence defense came after INEC’s stunning decision on Tuesday to withdraw its own defense in Obi’s lawsuit after calling one witness and submitting four documents.