A United States court has ruled that Chicago State University must provide former Vice President of the PDP, Mr. Tinubu, with his academic records by the end of the day on Tuesday.
The ruling, which was handed down by the Federal District Court in Chicago, Illinois, overruled Tinubu’s objection and upheld Judge Jeffery Gilbert’s decision to order the university to provide the records to Tinubu. Judge Maldonado noted that Atiku, who ran as a PDP candidate, had a right to access the records.
“For the reasons set out in the accompanying memorandum Opinion and Order,” Judge Maldonado wrote in her ruling, “I hereby Overule Mr Tinubu’s motion and adopt Judge Gilbert’s recommended decision in its entirety.”
The judge also ordered CSU to submit all necessary filings related to the release of the records by Tuesday at the latest.
The court ordered the responding CSU to submit all relevant, non-proprietary documents sought in Judge Gilbert’s subpoena in response to requests for production No. 1 through No. 4 (narrowed down by Judge Gilbert’s order and included in the District Court’s opinion).
The order also states that the responding CSU must submit the requested documents no later than 12:00 PM CDT, Monday, 2 October 2023 and that the Rule 30 (b) 6 deposition of the CSU’s corporate designee is to be completed no later than 5:00 PM (noon CDT) on Tuesday, 3 October 2023.
On Monday, Atiku filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois to order the university to disclose Tinubu’s academic records, claiming that it would bolster his suit challenging President Buhari’s election in Nigeria’s February 25 presidential election.
The PDP candidate asked for the documents to be used in Nigerian courts in support of his claim that Tinubu used a fake certificate obtained from the university in 1979 and presented it to Nigeria’s electoral body, INEC, in connection with the 2023 Presidential election.