A Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois County in the United States has dismissed the lawsuit filed by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to get access to President Bola Tinubu’s confidential educational records.
President Tinubu had stated during the presidential election campaign that he had a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with honors from the Chicago State University.
In January 2023, Beverly Poindexter, the staff in charge of transcript requests, enrolment, and degree verification, also confirmed that the president attended the university between 1977 and 1979.
However, Atiku insisted that the president’s academic records were forged and filed a suit seeking to subpoena the university to produce Tinubu’s academic records.
Documents sought by Atiku, through his counsel, Angela Liu, include a record of Tinubu’s admission and acceptance at the university, dates of attendance including degrees, awards, and honors attained by Tinubu at the university, among others. But he withdrew the suit before the date fixed for the hearing.
In the judgment delivered on July 31, 2013, Justice Patrick J. Heneghan dismissed the case without prejudice.
The judge held that the “Petitioner’s subpoena, in this case, is withdrawn, and thus Chicago State University will not be deposed pursuant to the subpoena in this case.”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, Justice Heneghan said “The case is dismissed without prejudice and resolves all matters pending before the court.”
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