Heartaches from the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) are raining in torrents for President Bola Tinubu as documents showing that he forged academic documents are admitted in evidence against him.
The documents were tendered by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Atiku Abubakar as they closed their case against the declaration of Tinubu as a validly elected president.
Mike Enahoro-Ebah, a legal practitioner and the 27th witness presented by PDP and Atiku, submitted a certified true copy of a United States of America court judgment in which Tinubu forfeited his assets to the government.
The witness also tendered academic records from the Chicago University, a copy of the subpoena served on the Chicago University, the original academic records, and a degree certificate.
Also tendered before the tribunal was the original admission letter and original transcript of Tinubu from South West College, said to have been attended by the president. The documents showed records bearing the female gender.
An extract of Tinubu’s Guinean passport and the certificate of compliance was also tendered before the tribunal.
Also tendered and admitted by the court was the NYSC Discharge Certificate and Mobil Nigeria Oil Plc certificate of service.
The petitioners, in their evidence-in-chief, submitted that the documents were purportedly obtained by Tinubu but bore the name Bola Adekunle Tinubu.
The witness also tendered forms EC13 and EC9 nomination forms and the letters written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as attachments.
Counsel to INEC, Tinubu and APC Abubakar Mahmoud, Emmanuel Ukala, and Lateef Fagbemi, all senior advocates, objected to the admissibility of the documents.
During the cross-examination, the witness said he was not the official custodian of Tinubu’s Chicago University certificate but that it was given to him by the custodian of the university.
On whether the witness had confirmed from the Guinean embassy if Tinubu had renounced his Guinean citizenship, the witness responded that he didn’t need to because the president of Guinea, Alpha Conde, through a publication confirmed that Tinubu was issued a passport.
He said the passport expired in 2020, but citizenship doesn’t expire.
INEC is expected to open its case on July 3.