President Bola Tinubu’s lawyers have declared that the documents being sought by the Peoples Democratic Party candidate Atiku Abubakar from the Chicago State University would not be any relevant to Atiku’s appeal at the Supreme Court. appeal against Tinubu at the Supreme Court.
The Coordinator of the Tinubu Presidential Legal Team, Babatunde Ogala (SAN), said, “The documents can no longer be used. It is of no value. We have passed that stage.”
Ogala said Tinubu attended the Chicago State University and the school had already provided his grades.
A second United States District Court in Northern District of Illinois upheld the first of Magistrate Jeffrey Gilbert, ruling ordering the Chicago State University to release President Tinubu’s academic to Atiku.
Atiku had earlier secured an order from a US magistrate for CSU to make Tinubu’s academic records available to his legal team.
Gilbert had ordered CSU to release all relevant and non-privileged documents to Atiku’s legal team within two days.
One of Tinubu’s counsels, Oluwole Afolabi, has also toed the line of Ogala,, saying the documens will be of no use in Atiku’s Supreme Court appeal in Nigeria.
Afolabi said the Electoral Act has no provision for the presentation of new evidence on appeal.
“A party must provide a list of the documents he intends to rely on at the time his petition is filed. A party cannot spring a surprise on his adversary by introducing evidence that was not filed along with the petition,” Afolabi said.
In his reaction to the ongoing legal battles between Tinubu and Atiku in the United States, a member of the PDP National Executive Council, National Deputy Youth Leader, Timothy Osadolor, has declared that President Tinubu’s appeal as a needless route.
“If he (Tinubu) was convinced that has had nothing to hide, there was no need for those appeals against the courts,” Osadolor argued.
He said the US judgment will reinforce Atiku’s appeal before the Supreme Court.
“Tinubu is not who he claims to be and that is what our candidate and our party want to prove.”