President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s lawyer, Wole Afolabi, attributed the gender mix-up on his client’s Chicago State University (CSU) certificate to an error at the university. Afolabi provided this explanation during an appearance on Channels Television on Friday morning.
Afolabi stated, “The transcript that was provided by Southwest College indicated ‘F.’ It was clear. All of the other particulars matched the information of President Bola Tinubu.”
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had raised concerns about the authenticity of Tinubu’s CSU certificate during a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.
Afolabi further elaborated, saying, “Now, the registrar was interviewed on why the discrepancies occurred. He said the person applying for the school ticked the box for male, not female, and when the admission letter was issued, it was issued to Mr. Tinubu.”
He also noted that Dr. West Brown, the registrar, explained that it is not uncommon for universities to make such mix-ups and that he himself has encountered similar situations at various universities.
Regarding the discrepancies in the signatures on the certificate, Afolabi clarified that certificates were not typically issued at the time of graduation but upon application. Therefore, the person who issued the certificate submitted by Tinubu to INEC might not have been at the university in 1979.
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