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Tinubu, Atiku legal battle shifts to US



The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow in the case between Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and President Bola Tinubu.

In a US court, the former vice president demanded that Chicago State University (CSU) divulge all of Tinubu’s academic records due to inconsistencies in the certificate he provided to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Atiku’s decision was motivated by his view that these documents would assist in resolving contradictions in Tinubu’s past.

CSU agreed to release Tinubu’s credentials once the court issued the order in response to Atiku’s suit. Tinubu’s academic records will be released after the institution receives an order from the court, according to a statement made by the university on August 23 and signed by the university’s counsel. The institution also requested that the court be specific in its demands.

Tinubu’s attorney then submitted a statement as part of his legal argument, asking CSU not to release his academic credentials to the former Vice President. Judge Jeffrey Gilbert then directed Tinubu to provide an explanation by August 23rd regarding the potential release of his academic records at CSU to Atiku.

The matter has been set for hearing in person on Tuesday, September 12, at 1:30 p.m. in courtroom 1386, according to the docket entry made by the clerk on Friday, September 8, 2023.

If CSU objects to the extent of Atiku’s subpoenas for records and a deposition under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure, it must file its objections by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 11, 2023, rather than deferring them until a later date.

The court document states: “If respondent Chicago State University objects to the scope of petitioner Abubakar’s subpoenas for documents and for a deposition under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(6), as originally issued [1-1][1-2] or as modified [22-1] [22-3], it should file any objections by 5:00 p.m. on 9/11/23 rather than reserve those objections until a later date.

“This matter is set for hearing in person on 9/12/23 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 1386. If out-of-town counsel wants to appear by telephone, they should contact the Court’s courtroom deputy. The Court’s preference, however, is for counsel who will be speaking at the hearing to appear in person. Mailed notice.

“This notice is being sent pursuant to Rule 77(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or Rule 49(c) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. It was generated by CM/ECF, the automated docketing system used to maintain the civil and criminal dockets of this District. If a minute order or other document is enclosed, please refer to it for additional information.”

Rachael Aiyke
Mike Ojo

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