Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Presidential candidate in the February 2023 Presidential election, Atiku Abubakar has been granted his request in the United States justice system.
A federal court in Chicago has ruled that Chicago State University (CSU) must provide all records relating to Mr Tinubu to Mr Abubakar within two days.The court said Atiku has been able to sufficiently satisfy the purpose for seeking the records.
Judge Jeffrey Gilbert ordered a deposition of designated CSU officials within two days after the records were released. It noted that the process can be conducted during the weekend if necessary.
The order comes hours after the former Nigerian Vice President filed his appeal to the Supreme Court, following the September 6 judgement of the presidential election petitions tribunal that upheld Mr Tinubu’s victory.
Mr Abubakar had on August 2 filed an application for the court to order CSU to produce documents relating to Mr Tinubu, as well as leave to get the school’s administrators to authenticate any documents submitted under oath.
Mr Abubakar said the documents would be used as part of his ongoing challenge against Mr Tinubu’s election earlier this year. The candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party said Mr Tinubu should not have been allowed to run for president because he had submitted a forged document under oath in violation of the Nigerian Constitution.
Judge Gilbert said courts across the U.S. have traditionally taken a broad and liberal view in granting applications under Section 1782, a statute that allows the release of documents and evidence domiciled in the U.S. to be obtained and used in a foreign proceeding.
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