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Big blow to President Tinubu, as US court orders release of CSU records to Atiku

Big blow to President Tinubu, as US court orders release of CSU records to Atiku

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has ruled in favor of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, ordering that the Chicago State University (CSU) should release President Tinubu’s academic record to the former vice president by Monday, October 2.

Judge Nancy Maldonado, in a copy of the judgment on Sunday, noted that CSU raised no objection to Judge Jeffery Gilbert’s decision that the academic record be made public.

The court explained that any intrusion on Tinubu’s privacy interests in his educational records is outweighed by Atiku’s interest in the sought-after discovery.

Maldonado overruled Tinubu’s objections to Gilbert’s recommended ruling and therefore adopted the ruling in full.

The memorandum opinion and order read in part, “Atiku’s application is therefore granted. In light of the pending Supreme Court of Nigeria deadline. represented to the Court as October 5, 2023, and based on CSU’s representations that it is ready to comply with the discovery requests and produce a witness, the Court sets an expedited schedule for completion of discovery. Respondent CSU is directed to produce all relevant and non-privileged documents.

“The Rule 30(b)(6) deposition of CSU’s corporate designee must be completed by 5:00 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, October 3, 2023. Given the October 5, 2023, filing deadline before the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the Court will not extend or modify these deadlines.”


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Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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