In a recent development, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s legal representative, Wole Afolabi, has shed light on the perplexing situation surrounding his client’s Chicago State University (CSU) certificate, which inexplicably indicated a female gender designation. Afolabi offered this clarification during a televised appearance on Channels Television on a Friday morning.
He explained, “The transcript provided by Southwest College distinctly indicated ‘F’ for female. This discrepancy was glaring. However, all other details on the certificate were consistent with President Bola Tinubu’s information.”
Addressing concerns raised by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during a recent press conference in Abuja, Afolabi emphasized that the registrar of CSU had been interviewed regarding these discrepancies. The registrar revealed that the individual who applied for admission at the university had inadvertently checked the box indicating a male gender instead of female. Consequently, the admission letter was issued to Mr. Tinubu, further complicating matters.
Afolabi elaborated, saying, “When we queried Dr. West Brown on this matter, he pointed out that such mix-ups are not uncommon in universities. Dr. Brown, with his extensive experience across various educational institutions, emphasized the possibility of such errors occurring.”
Regarding the disparities in the signatures on the certificate, Afolabi clarified that certificates were not typically issued immediately upon graduation but rather upon request. Additionally, he suggested that the person responsible for issuing the certificate submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may not have been affiliated with the university in 1979, potentially accounting for the differences observed.