A United States Judge Jeffrey Gilbert of District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has granted the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar’s request, seeking the release of President Bola Tinubu’s academic records by the Chicago State University.
Gilbert gave the order on Tuesday, ordering CSU to produce “all relevant and non-privileged documents” to Abubakar Atiku, the plaintiff, within two days.
“This matter is before the Court on Atiku Abubakar’s Application Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 for an Order Directing Discovery from Chicago State University for Use in a Foreign Proceeding (“Application”) [ECF No. 1]. For the reasons discussed below, the Application is granted,” the judge ruled.
Tinubu’s lawyers have argued that their client is not willing to lift his privacy privilege, with the ruling also conceding this by using the term ‘non-privileged documents”.
Atiku had gone to the court demanding that they compel the university to release Tinubu’s records.
Although Tinubu’s credentials indicated that he graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, there have been allegations bordering on discrepancies in the President’s certificate.