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Tinubu: US Court orders Chicago University to release academic records to Atiku Abubakar

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (l) and Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar

*Justice Nancy Maldonado of a United States’ court dismisses President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s objection, and issues a two-day ultimatum to Chicago State University to release Tinubu’s academic records to Nigeria’s former  Vice-President Atiku Abubakar by October 3, 2023

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

A United States Court has ordered the Chicago State University (CSU) to release President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s academic records to former Nigerian Vice-President Atiku Abubakar by Tuesday, October 3, 2023.

The presiding Judge, Nancy Maldonado, dismissed Tinubu’s objection, issuing a two-day ultimatum to CSU to release the documents to Abubakar.

Justice Maldonado also upheld the September 20 ruling of US Magistrate Judge, Jeffery Gilbert, who ordered the CSU to release Tinubu’s academic records as requested by Atiku, stressing that the PDP candidate Atiku had the right to have access to the records.

“For the reasons stated in the Court’s accompanying Memorandum Opinion and Order, the Court overrules President Tinubu’s objections (44] and adopts Judge Gilbert’s recommended decision [40] in full.

“The Court, therefore, grants Mr. Abubakar’s application under 28 U.S.C. § 1782. [1],” Justice Maldonado of the Northern District of Illinois ruled.

According to the judge, CSU must complete all necessary filings regarding the release by 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

The court ruled, “Respondent CSU is directed to produce all relevant and non-privileged documents in response to Requests for Production Nos. 1 through 4 (as narrowed by Judge Gilbert and adopted by the District Court in its opinion) in Mr. Abubakar’s subpoena, by 12:00 p.m. (noon) CDT, on Monday, October 2, 2023.

“The Rule 30(b)(6) deposition of CSU’s corporate designee must be completed by 5:00 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, October 3, 2023.”

Recall that Alhaji Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, had approached the US District Court, in Northern Illinois, to compel the university to release Tinubu’s academic records.

Abubakar has argued that doing this would boost his suit challenging the President Tinubu’s election victory in the country’s presidential polls held February 25 this year.

The opposition party’s candidate had requested the documents for use in his appeal at the Supreme Court of Nigeria to support his argument, that Tinubu forged a certificate he claimed to have obtained from CSU in 1979, and submitted same to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to participate in the last Presidential Election in the West African country.

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