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UPDATED: CSU confirms diploma Tinubu submitted to INEC valid

The Chicago State University (CSU) has insisted that the diploma certificate submitted by President Bola Tinubu to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was valid. CSU’s Registrar, Caleb Westberg, who stated this, also insisted that Tinubu grated from the institution on June 22, 1979. According to Westberg, whatever discrepancies that may exist in either date, font, signature or seal in the earlier issued copy of the certificate and the certified copy issued later are immaterial as they could have occured owing to human errors. The CSU Registrar stated these a seven-paragraph affidavit he swore to before the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. He said in the U.S., diplomas are considered merely ceremonial documents, even though some other countries may consider more. Westberg added that, in the U.S., more reliance is placed on transcripts and not on diplomas.” In the affidavit marked: 2023 L. 006854 expressed his readiness to testify in relation to the fact stated in the affidavit. The court documents reads: “Caleb Westberg, first being duly sworn, states that if called to testify in this matter, I am over eighteen years of age and could competently testify as to the facts contained herein, and do affirm as follows: “I am employed as the Registrar of Chicago State University and am authorized to submit this Affidavit on its behalf. Bola Ahmed Tinubu graduated and was awarded a degree from Chicago State University on June 22, 1979. “Chicago State University provided a diploma to Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and subsequently provided a certified (or official) copy of that diploma. “Both are valid and authentic diplomas of Chicago State University. “There are certain differences between the diploma and the certified copy because all diplomas are signed by the current President/Board Chair. There are also differences in the font and seal on the diploma versus the certified copy because the University updated its font and seal after the diploma was issued. “The difference in the date of award on the diploma versus the certified copy is likely the result of human error. “The graduation date on the certified copy is typed in manually by a person and can be inaccurate. “In the United States of America, institutions of higher education often consider the diploma to be a ceremonial document. “The official records of Chicago State University reflect and verify that Bola Ahmed Tinubu graduated and was awarded a degree as stated above.” The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed, among others, that Tinubu submitted forged diploma certificate to INEC preparatory to the February 25 presidential election.

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