The Presidency remains firm in its assertion that President Bola Tinubu’s certificate, submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is genuine.
Temitope Ajayi, Tinubu’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, reiterated this on Wednesday, stating that the authenticity of the certificate was confirmed by Chicago State University (CSU).
According to Ajayi, CSU testified under oath that Tinubu attended and successfully graduated from the university, and furthermore, the university does not provide replacements for lost certificates.
He dismissed the allegations of forgery, highlighting that one cannot forge a certificate that they already possess.
Posting on X, Ajayi wrote: “We should be clear.
“In the deposition made by the Chicago State University, there was nowhere the University said the certificate presented to INEC by President Tinubu is fake. The University insisted under oath that President Tinubu graduated with honours and even at that, replacements for lost certificates are done by vendors not the University.
“The claim that President Tinubu submitted fake certificate to INEC does not make sense. A man can not forge the academic records he possesses. You can only forge what you don’t have.”
Following petition by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, CSU had released Tinubu’s academic records on orders of the court.
Atiku had requested the documents to back his allegation of forgery against Tinubu.