A lawyer, Kalu Kalu, has said the certificate President Bola Tinubu submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is not the document issued by the Chicago State University (CSU).
Speaking on a national tv program Kalu stated that the incumbent Nigerian leader did not finish from the CSU.
Tinubu and one of his political foes, Atiku Abubakar, are currently locked in a legal tussle over the authenticity of the former’s academic records.
Kalu said: “Our law is very clear. If you present a forged certificate to the electoral umpire, that is INEC, you are not qualified to run. Section 137 (1J ).
“The document Tinubu presented to INEC, was it a certificate issued by the Chicago State University? And the answer is no. From what has been released.”
Asked if he thinks President Tinubu finished from the CSU, Kalu replied: “He did not. It is very clear.”
The lawyer also said a petitioner can introduce a new matter or “fresh evidence” to his or her case when appealing at the Supreme Court. He added that President Tinubu should vacate the seat and hand over to the runner-up in the 2023 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
APC chieftain speaks amid Tinubu’s certificate saga
In a piece of related news, Legit.ng reported that Adamu Garba, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), praised Tinubu for his “patience, resilience, and doggedness”.
Garba’s commendation comes amid a certificate controversy President Tinubu is currently embroiled.