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Atiku’s efforts to find diplomas that match Tinubu’s certificate have failed, according to Chicago State University

Chicago State University reported that its thorough investigation yielded numerous credentials that matched

President Bola Tinubu delivered the replacement certificate to INEC in 1992

The institution disclosed this in its answer to Judge Nancy Maldonado’s order that it provide the records sought by Peoples Democratic Party candidate Atiku Abubakar

Atiku’s fishing expedition to Chicago has been derailed by the discovery of certificates that are similar to them

According to the institution, a thorough review of its records yielded at least three certificates that matched the replacement certificate President Bola Tinubu gave INEC in 1992

In his Request No. 3, Atiku stated that he was looking for “true and accurate copies of any diplomas issued by CSU (other than those given to Mr. Tinubu) that contain the same font, seal, signatures, and wording (other than the recipient’s name and the precise degree awarded) as that which is contained in Exhibit C to the First Liu Declaration, which purports to be a CSU diploma given to Mr. Tinubu on or about June 22, 1979”

“The documents responsive to this request which CSU, after diligent search, has been able to locate are produced herewith and Bates labelled CSU 0008 through CSU 0010,” the institution replied

The identities of the graduates have been obscured for privacy concerns

The format of the CSU diplomas made for other CSU students (with their names blacked for privacy) matches that of the Tinubu replacement diploma dated June 27, 1997, which CSU is also generating, according to Bates, with the designations CSU 0011 and CSU 0012

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The institution maintained its stance that it does not hold copies of students’ diplomas, much less the one issued in 1979, in response to Atiku’s request that it produce a copy of Tinubu’s certificate, which was issued in 1979

According to Michael D. Hayes, the school’s attorney, “CSU does not ordinarily keep copies of student diplomas and after diligent search cannot locate a copy of the original diploma it prepared for Mr. Tinubu in 1979, therefore has no documents responsive to this request”

Atiku intended to make the point that Tinubu did not attend the university and that the certificate was faked, so he went on a fishing trip to the Great Lakes near Chicago

The hunt seems to have ended at this point

Hayes added that Jamar C. Orr had certified all the documents in accordance with Atiku’s request

“True and correct copies of any CSU documents relating to Mr. Tinubu that were certified by Jamar C. Orr, Esq., including without limitation the documents in Exhibit D to the Uwais Declaration, and all Communications to or from CSU regarding the certification of such documents by Jamar C. Orr, Esq., during the period August 1, 2022 to August 1, 2023,” was Atiku’s request

Hayes: “The response documents, which Mr. Orr has certified, are herewith produced and Bates-labeled CSU 0013 through CSU 0032. Since the Court upheld CSU’s prior objection to the Communications portion of this request (see Doc. 40 at pp. 28–29 and Doc. 54 at p. 32), no records relevant to that subject are being supplied

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