In a recent development within the ongoing legal dispute between President Bola Tinubu and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar regarding Tinubu’s academic records at Chicago State University, a new phase has emerged.
Olajide Adeniji, who claims to be a former classmate of the ex-Lagos Governor, has taken an oath to confirm his acquaintance with Tinubu.
Adeniji testified in a U.S. district court, stating that he had personal knowledge of competing against Tinubu for the position of President within the Accounting Society Club at their shared alma mater, the Department of Business Admin/Accounting.
This development follows Durojaiye Ogunsanya, a public affairs analyst, proclaiming himself as a classmate of the Nigerian president two weeks ago.
Ogunsanya, who was featured on TVC’s popular breakfast show ‘This Morning,’ testified that they both graduated from the Department of Accounting and Business Administration in 1979 at the same university.
Classmate swears oath
In the oath taken on September 23 at the Northern District of Illinois Court in Chicago, Adeniji swore to an affidavit that he was familiar with the same Tinubu who is the current president of Nigeria.
His affidavit read, “I, Olajide Adeniji, after having been first duly sworn upon oath, do hereby state that I am over 21 years of age, that I have personal knowledge of the facts stated herein, and could competently testify thereto if called upon to do so: I attended Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois from 1977 to 1979 when I graduated with a degree in Business Administration/Accounting in 1979.
“I am familiar with Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is now the President of Nigeria. I was a student at Chicago State University from 1977 to 1979 and Bola Tinubu and I were in the same course of study.”
“I also ran in a closely-contested race against Bola Tinubu for the Leadership of Accounting Society Club of the Department of Business Administration/Accounting. I also recognize and know the person who I attended Chicago State University with, Bola A. Tinubu, is the same person who is now the President of Nigeria. Under 28 U.S.C 1746, I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct”.