A United States District Court in the Northern District of Illinois has granted the request made by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, for the release of President Bola Tinubu’s academic records by Chicago State University.

In a ruling obtained by CITY LAWYER and delivered by US Magistrate, Judge Jeffrey Gilbert on Tuesday, the court ordered Chicago State University to provide “all relevant and non-privileged documents” to Atiku Abubakar within two days.

The ruling acknowledged Tinubu’s lawyers’ argument against lifting their client’s privacy privilege and clarified that only “non-privileged documents” should be produced.

“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,” Gilbert said.

Atiku had initiated the legal action in pursuit of an order compelling the university to release Tinubu’s academic records, THE GUARDIAN reports.

Following the affirmation of Tinubu’s victory by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, Atiku and his Labour Party counterpart, Peter Obi, submitted 86 grounds of appeal to the Supreme Court, seeking to overturn the judgement.

In separate appeals filed on Tuesday, the two candidates asked the apex court to set aside the PEPT ruling and nullify Tinubu’s election, describing the verdict as erroneous.

Atiku’s appeal primarily focused on 35 grounds in which he contested the tribunal’s decisions on electronic result transmission, Federal Capital Territory votes, and other aspects.

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