In a significant development, a US court has ruled in favour of opposition politician Abubakar Atiku, ordering Chicago State University to release all records about Nigeria’s president, Bola Tinubu.
The Northern District of Illinois Court has given the university a deadline of 48 hours to comply with the order, offering potential insights into the president’s educational background.
Judge Jeffrey Gilbert of the court delivered the ruling, stating, “Atiku Abubakar’s application for an order directing discovery from Chicago State University for use in a foreign proceeding is granted.”
The court further directed the university to produce all relevant and non-privileged documents in response to specific requests made by Atiku’s legal team.
Atiku’s motive behind seeking access to these records is to examine whether Tinubu was legitimately admitted to the university, whether he fulfilled all graduation requirements, and importantly, to determine if any academic misconduct or forgery was involved in claiming his degree.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP former Presidential Candidate, as a contender in the ongoing presidential election challenge, aims to substantiate his claims that Asiwaju candidacy was problematic due to the alleged submission of a forged document under oath, which violates the Nigerian Constitution.
The importance of this court ruling cannot be understated, as it sheds light on the educational background of one of Nigeria’s prominent political figures.
The findings from these records could potentially impact the presidential election challenge, stirring further debates and adding to the complexity of the political landscape.
As the deadline approaches for Chicago State University to comply with the court order, the anticipation surrounding the release of these records grows.
The outcome of this development may have far-reaching implications for the ongoing election challenge and could lead to significant shifts in the public perception of Tinubu’s eligibility for the presidency.
The ball is now in Chicago State University’s court as they prepare to release these potentially influential records.
The eyes of the nation are fixed on the outcome, as Abubakar Atiku’s quest for truth and accountability takes centre stage in the presidential election challenge.