President Bola Tinubu says a clerical error is responsible
for discrepancies on the certificate issued to him by the Chicago State
According to filings by Oluwole Afolabi and Christopher
Carmichael, Tinubu’s lawyers, an unidentified clerk of the university made the
error about the date the school stated on his recently-issued certificate,
thereby creating “the appearance of differences”.
The claim is in their response to a suit filed by former
Vice-President Atiku Abubakar seeking the disclosure of Tinubu’s academic
records from the university.
A US court had given Tinubu up until August 23 to make a
formal filing on why his records should not be released to the former
The president claimed that he holds a bachelor of science
degree in business administration from the Chicago State University.
But Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) in the February presidential election, alleged that Tinubu’s academic
records were forged.
“Unfortunately, in responding to the illegal and invalid
subpoena, CSU made several errors,” the president’s lawyers said.
“CSU issued a new
diploma for Bola A. Tinubu, but incorrectly wrote the date of graduation as
June 27, 1979.
“The correct date was June 22, 1979, but that scrivener’s
error – along with a change in the CSU logo, the font on the diploma, and
leadership at CSU who signed the diploma created the appearance of differences
between an earlier issued diploma and the one issued in response to the 2022
The former vice-president is also seeking the credentials
Tinubu submitted to CSU before he was admitted into the university.
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