Chicago University Releases Tinubu’s Academic Records To Atiku

The Chicago State University (CSU) has released the academic records of President Bola Tinubu to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

The university handed the documents to Atiku’s team.

Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 and 2023 elections had approached a United States court for the Northern District of Illinois to compel the university to release Tinubu’s academic records.

He argued that it would boost his suit challenging the President’s election in the February 25 poll.

The PDP candidate had requested the documents for use in Nigerian courts to support his argument that Tinubu forged a certificate he claimed to have obtained from CSU in 1979 and submitted to Nigeria’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for the 2023 presidential election.

Ruling on Saturday, Justice Nancy Maldonado, gave the university up till 12 noon on Monday to deliver the documents to Atiku after dismissing Tinubu’s objection in the judgment.

Maldonado affirmed the September 20 decision of a magistrate judge of the court, Jeffery Gilbert, ordering the CSU to release Mr Tinubu’s academic records as requested by Atiku. She insisted Atiku had the right to have access to the records.

CSU presented the academic records to Atiku’s legal team on Monday. The records also include a cache of documents connected to Tinubu’s education at the institution and copies of certificates with redacted names issued to other persons about the same time the Nigerian president finished from the school in 1979.

t also contained Tinubu’s admission records, and a letter dated 27 June 2022, confirming that he attended the university from August 1977 to June 1979 majoring in accounting. The letter said Tinubu was awarded Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Honours on 22 June 1979.

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