Chicago State University (CSU) has released the academic records of President Bola Tinubu as directed by the Nothern District Court in Illinois, Chicago, United States.
The varsity also said it has found several certificates after diligent search matching
the replacement certificate which Tinubu presented to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
CSU made this known in its response to Judge Nancy Maldonado’s order that it supply the documents wanted by Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 presidential election.
The school said after diligent search of its archives, it has found at least three certificates matching the replacement certificate which President Bola Tinubu presented when he ran for the Lagos West senatorial election in 1992.
Atiku in had requested for: “True and correct copies of any diplomas issued by CSU (other than to Mr. Tinubu) that contain the same font, seal, signatures, and wording (other than the name of the recipient and the specific degree awarded) as Contained in Exhibit C to the First Liu Declaration, which purports to be a CSU diploma issued to Mr. Tinubu on or about June 22, 1979.”
The school responded: “The documents responsive to this request which CSU, after
diligent search, has been able to locate are produced herewith and Bates labelled CSU 0008 through CSU 0010.
“The students’ names on these diplomas have been redacted for privacy
“CSU is also producing, Bates labelled as CSU 0011 and CSU 0012, diplomas prepared
for other CSU students (with their names redacted for privacy) which match the format of the Tinubu replacement diploma dated June 27, 1997.”
On Atiku’s request that the school should produce a copy of Tinubu’s certificate issued in 1979, the school maintained its position that it does not keep copies of students diplomas, talk less of the one issued in 1979.
“CSU does not in the ordinary course keep copies of student diplomas, and after diligent search cannot locate a copy of the original diploma it prepared for Mr. Tinubu in 1979, hence has no documents responsive to this request,” deposed Michael D. Hayes, counsel to the school.
Hayes also said as requested by Atiku, Jamar C. Orr has certified all the documents.
Atiku had also requested: “True and correct copies of any CSU documents relating to Mr. Tinubu that were certified by Jamar C. Orr, Esq., including without limitation, the documents in Exhibit D to the Uwais Declaration, and all Communications to or from CSU concerning the certification of such documents by Jamar C. Orr, Esq., during the period August 1, 2022 to August 1, 2023.”
Hayes, in his reply said: “The responsive documents certified by Mr. Orr are produced herewith and Bates labelled CSU 0013 through CSU 0032. CSU’s prior objection to the Communications aspect of this request was sustained by the Court (see Doc. 40 at pp. 28 -29 and Doc. 54 at p. 32), hence no documents responsive to that subject are being produced.”
See copies of Hayes disposition below: