Chicago State University Refuses To Authenticate Tinubu’s Submitted Certificate

In a recent twist to the alleged certificate scandal involving Presidential candidate Bola Tinubu, Chicago State University (CSU) has declined to authenticate the certificate Tinubu submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the February 25 presidential elections. The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois also adjourned ruling on a subpoena application for Tinubu’s records from the university.

Counsel for CSU, Michael Hayes, stated during a hearing in Chicago that the school was unable to confirm whether Tinubu’s certificate was authentic or a forgery. This statement contradicted the school’s earlier claims of issuing a certificate to Tinubu after his graduation in 1979. Hayes pointed out discrepancies in the certificate, including the date it carried (June 22, 1977) and errors in typography, font, and header.

Tinubu had submitted a certificate to INEC purportedly issued in 1979 and signed by Elnora Daniel. However, records showed that Ms. Daniel arrived at CSU in 1998 from Hampton University, 19 years after Tinubu was said to have graduated. She left the school in 2008, long before the alleged issuance of a new certificate in Tinubu’s name in June 2022 under subpoena from a Nigerian lawyer.

These contradictions led Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to file a lawsuit compelling CSU to produce records related to Tinubu and make its top officials available for deposition to certify the produced records. Alexandre de Gramont, representing Abubakar, stated that the documents and depositions were sought for use in the Nigerian Supreme Court, where the final battle over Tinubu’s election is ongoing.

As of now, the case is ongoing, and Abubakar has until September 20 to appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision in Nigeria’s presidential election tribunal process.