PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : August 5th, 2022
A Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois County, United States of America, has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the general elections, requesting President Bola Tinubu’s academic records from the Chicago State University.
During the campaigns in 2022, Tinubu stated that he had a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with honours.
Despite Beverly Poindexter, who is in charge of official transcript requests, enrolment and degree verification at the Office of the Registrar, CSU, affirming Tinubu’s comment, some persons still had some doubts.
Recently, Atiku filed a suit, seeking to subpoena the university but was said to have, before the date of hearing, withdrawn the case before the court.
According to the Circuit Court papers dated July 31, Judge Patrick J. Heneghan dismissed the case without prejudice.
In the judgment, the judge held that the “petitioner’s subpoena in this case is withdrawn and thus Chicago State University will not be deposed pursuant to the subpoena in this case.”
Ruling on the matter which had Atiku as the petitioner and CSU as the respondent, Justice Heneghan said the case was dismissed without prejudice and resolves all matters pending before the court.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has filed a counter motion to block the subpoena request filed before the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Chicago, USA, by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
The former Vice President, in a petition filed on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, sought to obtain further details of Tinubu’s academic records at the Chicago State University.
Among the documents requested, Angela M. Liu, counsel to the PDP Presidential flag-bearer, include the record of Tinubu’s admission and acceptance at the university; and dates of attendance including degrees, awards and honours attained by the President at the university.
Atiku informed the court that the subpoena on Tinubu was to subject the President’s assertions to test of truth and veracity, adding that “he is currently the President of Nigeria and is facing various court proceedings concerning his election and the authenticity of documents relating to his attendance at Chicago State University.”
But, replying to the petition, counsel to the President, Victor P. Henderson on July 19, prayed the court to strike out Atiku’s request, arguing that no judge of any court heard and granted the subpoena.