Court Admits Tinubu’s Chicago State University Record, US Visa Log as Exhibits

Court Admits Tinubu’s Chicago State University Record, US Visa Log as Exhibits

The Presidential Election Petition Court on Tuesday admitted as exhibits, the Chicago State University educational documents of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu who formally opened his defense in a petition filed against his election by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. The educational documents were tendered to establish his attendance

The Presidential Election Petition Court on Tuesday admitted as exhibits, the Chicago State University educational documents of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu who formally opened his defense in a petition filed against his election by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

The educational documents were tendered to establish his attendance and graduation at the American University. Other documents included the admission letter which offered President Tinubu into the Institution among others.

Chief Wole Olanipekun Senior Advocate of Nigeria ( SAN), the lead counsel to President Tinubu tendered from the bar 14 documents on behalf of his client. The lead counsel tendered 12 documents of educational records from Chicago State University duly satisfied on 28 June 2023 by Jamar C. Orr, Associate General Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs, Chicago State University.

He also tendered his US Visa documents which indicated that he severally visited the United States of America (USA) unhindered between 2011 and 2021. The documents were to debunk allegations of criminality contained in the petition against him also made available to the Court all documents of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) which cleared him for the US trips.

Also admitted as exhibits by the Court were the United States of America’s Embassy letter of April 4, 2003 which is a response to a letter of the Nigerian Police dated February 3, 2003 which claimed that the Embassy had no criminal records of Tinubu in the USA.

Also admitted in evidence were letters from the Nigeria Police to US embassy dated 1st February 2007 and the reply from the embassy to the Inspector General of Police dated 4th April 2007.

The second respondent in the case, President Tinubu, also tendered a Report of the Committee on the location of the FCT certified by the Director of Archives on 13 April 2023, a copy of Form EC8DA (Collation of state result from Kano) and Form EC8D(A)( Summary of result of election on state by state). He also tendered Certified True Copies (CTC) of Originating summon filed at the Supreme Court marked SC/CV/354/2023 on 28 February,2023 by AG Adamawa state and five others.

In addition, six documents of CTC of various newspapers including This Day, Punch and Nation newspapers were tendered and admitted in evidence. The documents were admitted in evidence despite objections against their respective admissibility by PDP and Alhaji Abubakar.

However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) who are 1st and 3rd respondents in the petition did not object to the admissibility of all the documents. Meanwhile, further hearing in the petition has been shifted to July 5 by the Presiding Judge of the Court, Justice Haruna Tsammani.


INEC closes Defence in Peter Obi’s Petition presidential

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Tuesday, closed its defence after calling its only witness to testify in opposition to the petition filed by Mr. Peter Obi and the Labour Party (LP) at the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC).

INEC’s Lead Counsel Mr. A. B. Mahmoud, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), announced the closure of the first respondent’s case after its witness, Dr. Lawrence Bayode, a Deputy Director in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Department of the commission, concluded his evidence.

Before calling on Dr Bayode to testify in Mr Obi’s case on Tuesday, INEC Lead Counsel tendered some documents which were admitted and marked as exhibits. Led in evidence by Mr Mahmuod, the witness told the court that he has been working in INEC for 24 years.

Under cross-examination by Chief Patrick Ikwueto SAN and counsel for the petitioners, the witness told the court that the testing of the software application for the election was carried out on 4 February,2023.

He added that there was a report on the testing, but it was not with him in the court.

The petitioners tendered the e-transmission saver web and compliance form through the witness. The court admitted and marked the documents as exhibits. The witness told the court that the pre-production test was conducted before the election.

Asked whether the hard copy of the results would differ from the ones in the iReV portal (an online portal designed to receive and display photographic photos of polling unit results in real time. He said no.

He, however, added that anything could happen when sending the results from form EC8A (polling unit result sheet) to the iReV. Dr. Bayode admitted that performance, functionality and vulnerability tests were conducted before the election.

The witness agreed with Mr Ikwueto that the report of the e-transmission application identifies remediation to be undertaken to resolve the high vulnerability identified in the report.

The INEC Deputy Director, however, said he does not know INEC ‘s web address where its materials are published.

Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN, counsel for President Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima, asked the witness if the foundation and authenticity of any election by INEC are rooted in forms EC8A and EC8E, the witness said yes.

The witness added that blurred documents downloaded from INEC iReV would not affect the physical results in form EC8A because the image is irrelevant.

He said the election ends with the recording, snapping and sending of results to INEC‘s iReV. Answering questions from APC Lead counsel, Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN, the witness said the physical results are used for computing the election’s final results. He said the glitches that occurred on election day did not affect the collation of the results.

According to him, if what was downloaded from the iReV was not clear, the physical results could be obtained. He told the court further that ECOWAS monitored the election, but he does not have their report. The witness stated that the cloud trial log account of INEC can be obtained from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

INEC’s Closes Defence

After the testimony of the sole witness, INEC’s lead Counsel,Mr Mahmoud, told the court that INEC’s defence in the Obi and Labour Party petition is closed. Chief Olanipekun SAN later told the court that Messrs Tinubu and Shetimma, listed as second and third respondents in the petition, will open their defence on Wednesday.

The five-member panel headed by Justice Haruna Tsammani adjourned until Wednesday for them to open their defence.

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