Prior to the judgment presentation by the Presidential Election Tribunal on the petitions filed by opposition candidates regarding the February 25, 2023, election, former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, faced another setback in a legal matter.


    A Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois, United States, dismissed a lawsuit filed by Atiku Abubakar and the PDP to obtain access to President Bola Tinubu’s confidential educational records at Chicago State University. According to the papers from the Circuit Court, Justice Patrick J. Heneghan dismissed the case without prejudice. The judge ruled that the petitioner’s subpoena was withdrawn and, consequently,

    Chicago State University would not be deposed in the case.

    The judgment, dated July 31, 2023, resolved all matters before the court and effectively ended Atiku’s attempt to access President Tinubu’s educational records. Atiku and his supporters had frequently alleged that President Tinubu did not attend Chicago State University, attempting to disqualify his candidacy.

    However, a prominent Chicago State official has reaffirmed that President Tinubu is indeed a respected alumnus of the university. In an affidavit, the registrar of Chicago State University, Caleb Westberg, attested that Bola Ahmed Tinubu graduated and received a degree from the institution on June 22, 1979.

    Efforts to reach Atiku Abubakar’s media office for a reaction were unsuccessful, as his media adviser, Mr. Paul Ibe, did not respond to calls or messages at the time of reporting.

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