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US Court Set to Rule on Release of President Tinubu’s Academic Records Amid Atiku’s Election Challenge

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A decisive moment looms in the corridors of a US federal court, as it prepares to adjudicate the release of President Bola Tinubu’s academic records from Chicago State University (CSU) in response to an appeal by his rival, Atiku Abubakar. Atiku, who tasted defeat in the February 2023 presidential election, has sought the intervention of a US court to subpoena CSU for access to Tinubu’s educational records, alleging that the president has misrepresented his educational background and qualifications.

With the clock ticking and a mere 14 days to file an appeal at the Supreme Court, Atiku’s legal team has urged the US court to expedite proceedings. The Supreme Court, tasked with a 60-day window to hear cases and deliver verdicts, adds a sense of urgency to the equation. Recognizing the urgency of Atiku’s request, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago has rescheduled the date for in-person arguments involving lawyers representing Atiku, Tinubu, and CSU. Originally slated for September 15, the court has advanced the hearing to September 12, citing “exigent circumstances.” Judge Jeffrey Gilbert has fervently recommended that legal representatives from both sides appear in court for a hearing on Tuesday, setting the stage for an impending ruling.

Tinubu’s personal history has remained a topic of intense debate and conjecture within Nigerian politics, as he has maintained a shroud of secrecy around details concerning his parents, upbringing, primary, and secondary education. He asserts to have held the prestigious position of a top accountant at Deloitte and subsequently rose to executive heights at Mobil during the 1980s. However, allegations of involvement in Chicago’s narcotics trade during the 1990s, leading to the confiscation of his assets, have cast a shadow over his integrity and credibility.

Atiku pins his hopes on the CSU records as a means to substantiate his claim that Tinubu did not fulfill the constitutional prerequisites for a presidential candidacy. He contends that Tinubu’s election was marred by invalidity and fraud. The forthcoming decision of the US court holds the potential to significantly influence the trajectory of Atiku’s appeal and may well determine the destiny of Tinubu’s presidency. Should the court grant this request, it could pose a formidable challenge to Tinubu’s presidential tenure. Conversely, if the request meets with denial or delay, Atiku could encounter formidable obstacles in his quest to overturn the tribunal’s ruling that upheld Tinubu’s electoral victory.

Source: Peoples Gazette

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