On Tuesday, the Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja accepted the Chicago State University academic records of President Bola Tinubu, along with several other documents, as evidence. Tinubu’s legal team, headed by Wole Olanipekun (SAN) presented these documents to the tribunal. In compliance with the tribunal’s directive from Monday, President Tinubu commenced his defense on Tuesday in response to the petitions filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and their candidate, Atiku Abubakar. These petitions contested Tinubu’s victory in the presidential election held on February 25. During the proceedings on Tuesday, Olanipekun also submitted Tinubu’s US visa as additional evidence.
Among the documents presented by Olanipekun were Tinubu’s academic records from Chicago State University, including a letter of admission from the institution. Additionally, documents from the Nigeria Immigration Service were tendered, indicating that Tinubu had been cleared for unrestricted travel to the US between 2011 and 2021. The court also admitted as evidence a letter dated April 4, 2003, from the US Embassy to the Nigeria Police, confirming the absence of any criminal records of Tinubu in the US.
In addition to the educational documents, Tinubu presented newspaper publications related to various lawsuits filed against him by different groups.
Furthermore, the court admitted an Originating Summons from the Attorneys General of Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, and Sokoto states. This summons challenged Tinubu’s eligibility to run as a candidate in the 2023 presidential election.
Presided over by Justice Haruna Tsammani, the court adjourned further proceedings until Wednesday (today).
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) opened and closed its defense in response to the petition filed by the Labour Party and its candidate, Peter Obi. This petition questioned the credibility of the presidential poll held on February 25.
During the resumed proceedings on Tuesday morning, INEC’s counsel, A.B. Mahmoud (SAN), concluded the defense after calling the first witness, Lawrence Bayode, an assistant director in charge of the ICT department.
Bayode had provided testimony on Monday to support the commission’s defense against the petition the PDP and Atiku filed.
The tribunal adjourned until Wednesday (today) for Tinubu and his vice, Kassim Shetima, to begin presenting their defense in Obi’s petition.