The U.S District Court, Northern District of Illinois, has ordered the Chicago State University to release the academic records of Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, following a request made by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the academic record of Tinubu. The presiding Judge, Justice Jeffery Gilbert gave the ruling yesterday directing the Chicago state University to make available “all relevant and non-privileged documents” to Abubakar Atiku, the plaintiff, within two days.
Although the court judgement has acknowledged Tinubu’s lawyer argument that the move was tantamount to invading a privacy of his client which is his fundamental human right insisting only “non-privileged documents” should be produced.
The ruling partly reads; “This matter is before the Court on Atiku Abubakar’s Application Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 for an Order Directing Discovery from Chicago State University for Use in a Foreign Proceeding (“Application”) [ECF No. 1]. For the reasons discussed below, the Application is granted.”
Atiku has since approached the court demanding that President Tinubu academic record be made available to his lawyer to confirm the claim of Tinubu concerning his academic records.
Meanwhile, Atiku had yesterday filed a 35 grounds charge in which he faulted the tribunal’s ruling on electronic transmission of results, Federal Capital Territory votes, and other key planks as an appeal to the apex court not being satisfied by the ruling of the Election petition Tribunal delivered last two week.
His counterpart, Peter Obi, on the other hand, also faulted the September 6 judgment on 51 grounds.
The duo in separate appeals prayed the apex court to set aside the PEPT ruling and nullify Tinubu’s election, describing the verdict as erroneous.