In a significant development in the ongoing legal challenge related to Nigeria’s presidential election, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has issued an order compelling Chicago State University (CSU) to release the academic records of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. The court’s decision mandates that these records be provided to Atiku Abubakar no later than Monday, October 2.
Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the recently concluded presidential election, has been contesting the victory of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, who was declared the winner of the February 25 poll.
US Court Orders Release of Tinubu’s Academic Records
A key aspect of Atiku’s legal challenge revolves around the authenticity of Tinubu’s academic qualifications. Atiku has asserted that Tinubu did not obtain a degree from Chicago State University, as indicated in his academic records.
The latest judgment from the US Court, as delivered by Judge Nancy Maldonado, highlights that Chicago State University did not object to Judge Jeffery Gilbert’s decision, which stipulated the disclosure of President Tinubu’s academic records.
The court’s ruling emphasizes that any concerns regarding an intrusion into President Tinubu’s privacy interests in his educational records are outweighed by Atiku Abubakar’s compelling interest in obtaining this crucial discovery.
Judge Maldonado further overruled President Tinubu’s objections to Judge Gilbert’s recommended ruling and endorsed the verdict. This development marks a significant step in the legal proceedings surrounding the contested Nigerian presidential election.
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