An affidavit from Chicago State University (CSU) has officially confirmed the authenticity of the diploma submitted by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
This confirmation comes in response to a request made by Atiku, the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 25 election. Atiku sought these documents to support his claim that Tinubu's CSU certificate was forged.
As detailed in the affidavit obtained by The Nation, CSU has verified the validity of both the diploma and the 1979 certificate presented by President Tinubu upon his graduation.
The affidavit, submitted by CSU to the court in Chicago, states: "Chicago State University provided a Diploma to Bola Ahmed Tinubu and subsequently provided a certified copy of that Diploma. Both are valid and authentic Diplomas of the Chicago State University."
Furthermore, the document acknowledges certain discrepancies between the original diploma and the certified copy, primarily attributed to differences in the current President/Board Chairman's signature, font, and seal on the diploma.
It also suggests that variations in the award date may result from human error, as the graduation date on the certified copy is manually typed and can occasionally be inaccurate.