THE Chicago State College launched President Bola Tinubu’s tutorial data Monday following an order from a U.S. District Court docket in northern Illinois.
The subsequent day, October 3, the college’s registrar, Caleb Westberg, gave a deposition in court docket, giving extra particulars in regards to the paperwork the court docket ordered launched to Atiku Abubakar, considered one of Mr. Tinubu within the February 25 election. presidential election.
PREMIUM TIMES has now obtained the licensed copy of the deposition which captures hours of intense interrogation of Mr. Westberg by Atiku’s authorized crew.
Atiku had requested that Mr Tinubu’s tutorial data be utilized in a Nigerian court docket to show that the president had falsified the CSU certificates he submitted to Nigeria’s electoral physique, INEC, to contest the elections from February.
He argues that by allegedly submitting a pretend certificates to the INEC, Mr Tinubu was not certified to contest the elections.
However the Presidential Election Petitions Court docket in Abuja, the place Atiku filed his petition to problem Mr Tinubu’s election, in its judgment delivered in September, rejected the allegation of forgery, amongst different points he and different opposition candidates had raised considerations in regards to the vote as being unproven.
Sad with the ruling, the Individuals’s Democratic Celebration presidential candidate instantly appealed to the Supreme Court docket, the place he now hopes to current the CSU paperwork as proof of forgery in opposition to Mr Tinubu.
The publication of the paperwork, which went viral on-line, has ignited controversies over, amongst different issues, Mr Tinubu’s training at CSU, the true identification of the CSU diploma holder he claims and the authenticity of the certificates he claims submitted to INEC. .
There was hypothesis that Mr. Tinubu used the outcomes of one other particular person, named Bola A. Tinubu, recognized as a girl, to achieve admission into the CSU.
However in his 125-page deposition, Mr. Westberg, the college registrar, made it clear that Mr. Tinubu, the Nigerian president, had certainly attended the varsity from August 1977 to June 1979.
“He graduated with a Bachelor of Science diploma in Enterprise Administration with distinction on June 22, 1979. His main was Accounting,” reads a letter he wrote on the matter, which he confirmed once more when it was learn to him throughout his speech. deposition Tuesday.
He additionally confirmed the identification of Mr. Tinubu, the present Nigerian President, because the one who graduated, as famous within the referenced paperwork.
He was pressed repeatedly on this subject, confronted with a barrage of in a different way worded questions in the course of the deposition.
“We mentioned this topic. Given the general evaluate of the file, we consider it’s the President of Nigeria,” Mr. Westberg stated on one event in response to the query posed a number of instances.
To additional check his perception relating to this declare, he was requested if he had ever met Mr Tinubu, if Mr Tinubu had ever visited the CSU campus or if Mr Tinubu had ever donated to the varsity. His solutions to the questions had been all unfavorable.
“So, aside from the official transcript, the CSU has no different foundation to assert that Bola A. Tinubu who attended the CSU is identical Bola A. Tinubu who’s now President of Nigeria?” he was moreover in a rush to acquire a solution.
In response, Mr. Westberg stated: “Chicago State College has the official file of Bola A. Tinubu, and we consider it to be 19··true and genuine. »
On whether or not the preliminary “A,” which represents Bola A. Tinubu’s center identify in CSU data, stood for “Ahmed,” the president’s recognized center identify, the college registrar stated: “ The authorized identify of Bola A. Tinubu is adequate. the college should decide the identification of the coed. The center identify isn’t obligatory for us to do that.
However Mr Westberg was inconsistent in his testimony when requested to authenticate the copy of the certificates Mr Tinubu had submitted to the INEC.
Initially, he stated: “We weren’t certified to confirm whether or not this doc is genuine, provided that it isn’t in our possession.”
He was then requested if the diploma he stated earlier was given to Bola A. Tinubu, referring to “the one which was issued to the coed in 1979, and in answering, he stated: “Appropriate “.
The examiner from Atiku’s authorized crew additional requested: “And the diploma that was issued to scholar Tinubu in 1979 can’t be the one which President Tinubu submitted. CENI as a result of Dr. Daniel did not come to CSU till later?
The CSU lawyer objected to the query, which he stated “invitations hypothesis.” However Mr. Westberg went on to reply: “That’s right. »
EDITOR’S NOTE: The title and physique of this text have been up to date after additional studying and understanding of the deposition transcript.
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