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CSU Certificate: Tinubu should just resign — Ex-Minister

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Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, has reacted to the stand of Caleb Westberg, Registrar of Chicago State University (CSU), who said the school is not in possession of the certificate that President Bola Tinubu presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) prior to the 2023 general election.

Westberg said this while giving an oral deposition on the release of Tinubu’s academic records to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.

A deposition is the process of taking a sworn, out-of-court oral testimony of a witness. This testimony may be reduced to a written transcript for use in court or for discovery purposes.

Atiku, the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 25 election, had requested the documents to back his allegation of forgery of CSU certificate against Tinubu.

The allegation of forgery was one of those dismissed by the presidential election court in the suit Atiku filed to challenge the election of Tinubu. Despite the court’s ruling, Atiku continued his case at the US court, hoping to get official documents to back his claim and possibly include them in his appeal at the Supreme Court.

He had argued that there were discrepancies in the certificate Tinubu submitted to the INEC which should have rendered him ineligible to contest the election.

Speaking on Arise TV, Chijoka said it was a national embarrassment that should not be swept under the carpet.

While calling on the president to immediately resign to save the country from further embarrassment, he urged the Supreme Court to put aside needless legalism and technicality in handling petitions pending before it regarding Tinubu’s presidency.

“We are going to submit it to the Supreme Court, whether they will accept it is a question for them. I think this is beyond legalism, I don’t think Nigeria as a country should be discussing whether the Supreme Court would accept it, we are internationally embarrassed, we are going to be the centre of international conversation.

“The Supreme Court would be doing itself and the country a great disservice if it does not take judicial notice of what the CSU disposition has done,” he said.

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