(iexclusivenews) – In a pivotal moment that significantly impacted Nigeria’s political landscape, the Nigerian opposition leader has scored a major victory in his relentless pursuit to establish Bola Tinubu’s ineligibility to assume Nigeria’s presidency.
A federal court in Chicago recently delivered a groundbreaking ruling that demands Chicago State University (CSU) to release all records about Mr. Tinubu within a mere two days.
This ruling, a testament to Atiku Abubakar’s unwavering commitment, has far-reaching implications for Nigeria’s political future.
The Court’s Decisive Ruling
In a dramatic legal twist, a federal court in Chicago issued a landmark ruling.
On a fateful Tuesday night, Judge Jeffrey Gilbert, presiding over the case, issued a verdict that resounded through the legal world.
The court ordered Chicago State University to swiftly provide Atiku Abubakar with all documents related to Bola Tinubu.
The ruling, based on the court’s review, confirmed that Atiku Abubakar’s quest for these records was valid and justifiable.
A Countdown to Transparency
The court imposed a tight deadline for document production and witness deposition.
In an extraordinary move, Judge Gilbert not only demanded document production, but also scheduled a deposition of designated CSU officials within two days of releasing the records.
Remarkably, this process could even extend into the weekend if deemed necessary.
This stringent timeline underscores the court’s urgency and commitment to transparency.
Atiku Abubakar’s Persistence
Atiku Abubakar’s appeal to the Supreme Court following the tribunal’s verdict.
Hours before the court’s ruling, Atiku Abubakar had already filed an appeal to the Supreme Court.
This appeal followed a recent judgment by the presidential election petitions tribunal, which upheld Bola Tinubu’s electoral victory.
Atiku Abubakar’s legal strategy included an application to compel CSU to produce documents and an appeal to have school administrators authenticate these documents under oath.
The Forged Document Allegations
The heart of the matter: Allegations of a forged certificate.
At the core of this legal battle lies a profound allegation – Bola Tinubu’s submission of a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Section 137(1)(j) of the Nigerian Constitution, amended in 2010, expressly states that a person presenting a forged certificate to INEC cannot legitimately assume the presidency.
The document in question, submitted by Tinubu, purportedly dates back to 1979. However, a significant discrepancy emerges: Elnora Daniel, the signatory, joined CSU in 1998, 19 years after Tinubu’s supposed graduation.
An Intricate Web Unraveled
The intricate timeline of events surrounding Mr. Tinubu’s purported education.
A deeper examination of events reveals a convoluted timeline. Elnora Daniel left CSU in 2008 amid financial mismanagement allegations.
A full 14 years before CSU issued yet another certificate in Tinubu’s name, prompted by a Nigerian lawyer’s inquiry in June 2022.
These irregularities have driven Atiku Abubakar’s legal team to demand CSU’s records and the deposition of its officials for authentication.
Legal Duel in Chicago
Legal skirmish: Lawyers’ arguments and counterarguments.
The courtroom saw a fierce legal battle. Michael Hayes, representing CSU, admitted the school’s inability to authenticate Tinubu’s certificate under oath, despite affirming his attendance and graduation in 1979.
Tinubu’s legal team, led by Christopher Carmichael, countered that Abubakar’s application was frivolous and aimed at tarnishing the Nigerian president’s reputation.
The Unique Nature of the Case
Judge Gilbert’s perspective on Section 1782.
Judge Gilbert’s ruling takes into account the broader implications of Section 1782, a statute enabling the release of U.S.-based documents and evidence for foreign proceedings.
The judge emphasizes the liberal approach taken by U.S. courts in granting applications under this statute, highlighting its potential impact on this unprecedented case.
This pivotal court ruling sets the stage for a legal showdown with far-reaching consequences for Nigerian politics.
Atiku Abubakar’s relentless pursuit of transparency and accountability may reshape the nation’s political landscape, challenging the eligibility of a prominent political figure.
As the legal battle unfolds, the eyes of the nation remain fixated on the outcome, which could shape the destiny of Nigeria’s leadership.
In a groundbreaking legal development, Atiku Abubakar secures access to Bola Tinubu’s records from Chicago State University.
Discover the alleged certificate forgery, the court’s decisive ruling, and the implications for Nigeria’s political future in this blog.
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