- With the growing tension in the polity, Bola Ahmed Tinubu would be facing the court to defend his certificate and age
- The need for Tinubu to defend himself follows a suit filed against him in a Magistrate Court sitting in Wuse zone 6, Abuja
- An Abuja lawyer in the suit accused to All Progressives Congress' flag bearer of falsifying his age and forging his certificate
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With plans already in place for the 2023 general election, a legal practitioner has filed a suit against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
The Cable reports that the lawyer, Mike Enahoro-Ebah, sued for allegedly falsifying his age and certificates.
The suit was filed against the APC's flag bearer in three separate direct criminal complaints at the chief magistrate’s court sitting in Wuse zone 6, Abuja.
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Marked CR/121/2022, CR/122/2022, and CR/123/2022, Tinubu will be appearing before the court as the only defendant on the matter.
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Allegations against Bola Tinubu before the court
In the suit, Enahoro-Ebah alleged that Tinubu presented a forged Chicago State University certificate to INEC with the intent that it may be acted upon as genuine.
He also alleged that the former Lagos state governor with this has committed an offence of forgery contrary to Sections 362(a), 363 and 364 of the Penal Code Act, Cap. 532, Laws of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
According to Enahoro-Ebah, a copy of the university certificate which he obtained and submitted is radically different from the copy attached to Tinubu’s sworn Form EC-9 submitted to the electoral body for use ahead of the 2023 election.
“Curiously, the information contained in the documents and school records received from Chicago State University contradicts material information provided by the defendant in his sworn Form EC-9 submitted to INEC."
The lawyer also alleged that the former Lagos state governor who was as claimed attended Chicago State University was born in 1954 as against the APC presidential candidate who claimed in his form EC-9 submitted to INEC to be born in 1952.
Enahoro-Ebah added that in support of Tinubu's undergraduate admission application form submitted to Chicago State University in 1977, there was a transcript from Southwest College, Chicago, bearing the name, “Tinubu Bola A”.
The name, Enahoro-Ebah said belongs to a female student.
He also noted that a direct examination of the two certificates showed that they were issued by the university on separate dates (June 22, 1979, and June 27, 1979).
According to Enahoro-Ebah, the two certificates have distinct university logos on the front of the certificates, and have different signatures, among other differences.
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In addition, the lawyer alleged that the particular Tinubu who attended the university graduated from Government College, Lagos, in 1970, while the defendant in his Form EC-9 submitted to INEC provided no information as to his attendance at the said Government College, Lagos.
Enahoro-Ebah warned that in the interest of justice and equity, the court should issue criminal summons to ensure Tinubu’s attendance to answer the complaints laid before it.
The case filed before Emmanuel Iyanna, the chief magistrate, is yet to be scheduled for a hearing.
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