Lawyers for the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, have officially received the University records of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu from Chicago State University (CSU), as ordered by Judge Nancy Maldonado of the Northern District Court of Illinois.
This was confirmed by a former presidential spokesman, Jackson Ude, who posted the news on his official X handle. Ude stated that the documents are now in the possession of Atiku Abubakar’s lawyers, and they are currently verifying the authenticity of the records before making it public.
The records were sought by Abubakar’s lawyers in order to ascertain the academic credentials of President Tinubu, who is the current presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The legal representatives of Abubakar had alleged that Tinubu’s academic credentials were forged, and that he had used false information to obtain admission into the university. They had also sought to ascertain if the Nigerian president had graduated from the institution.
The PDP presidential candidate’s lawyers had also requested that the university provide documents related to Tinubu’s admission, course registration, and academic performance.
The university had initially refused to release the records, citing student privacy laws. However, the judge ruled in favour of the PDP lawyers, saying that the request was “relevant to the issues at hand” and that it could not be denied on the basis of privacy laws.
The documents will now be used to determine the legitimacy of President Tinubu’s academic credentials and determine if he had indeed graduated from the university. It is expected that the records will be made public soon, and the results of the investigation will be revealed.