US Court Grants Atiku’s Request: Orders Release of Tinubu’s Records

Judge Jeffrey Gilbert of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted Atiku’s request and has ordered Tinubu’s alma mater to provide all relevant and non-privileged documents to the applicant, Atiku, within two days.

Atiku, through his counsel, Angela Liu, had approached the Court to compel the Chicago State University to make available Tinubu’s record of admission and acceptance at the university and dates of attendance, including degrees, awards, and honors attained by him at the university, among others. Atiku had alleged that Tinubu’s academic records were forged.

It would be recalled that Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, and the presidential candidate of the Labor Party, LP, Mr. Peter Obi, had challenged Tinubu’s eligibility to contest the February 25 presidential election following his victory, which was affirmed by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in its September 6 judgment.

Tinubu’s credentials indicated that he graduated from CSU in 1979 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting and Management, but there have been allegations bordering on discrepancies with his certificate.

According to The Punch reports, the All Progressives Congress said on Wednesday that the party had nothing to fear as the President had always boasted that he had nothing to hide while describing the efforts of the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to obtain the academic records of President Bola Tinubu from the Chicago State University, United States, as ‘’an expedition in futility.’’

Despite this court order, Duro Meseko, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, expressed the party’s lack of concern, emphasizing that President Tinubu has nothing to hide. Meseko stated, “The President has always said over and over again that he has nothing to hide. His records are there for all to see. Chicago University has also written several times to confirm that this man is an alumnus of their institution. Nothing has changed. There is no cause for alarm. It is an expedition in futility.”

The Presidency, in response to the US Court order, has asserted that Tinubu’s academic records hold no value for Atiku, claiming that Atiku and the PDP are merely chasing shadows. The presidential aide explained that Atiku cannot present new evidence in court beyond what was presented before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, which ruled in Tinubu’s favor on September 6.

Notably, Tinubu’s credentials indicated that he graduated from CSU in 1979 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, and Management, but there have been allegations of discrepancies in his certificate. The Counsel to Tinubu had claimed clerical errors for the discrepancies in the two certificates allegedly issued by the Chicago State University.

While the legal implications of the US court order on the ongoing appeals at the Supreme Court remain uncertain, the PDP and Atiku welcomed the ruling, believing that it would support their case before the apex court. The PDP National Youth Leader, Timothy Osadolor, commended the order and stated that it would benefit their appeal.

Atiku’s media aide, Paul Ibe, highlighted that the ruling would potentially unveil secrets about President Tinubu’s academic background, emphasizing the importance of transparency and the need for Nigerians to know the truth.

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