President Bola Tinubu has filed an emergency application to challenge the court’s decision ordering Chicago State University to release his academic records to his Nigerian political opponent, Atiku Abubakar. The ruling, handed down by Judge Jeffrey Gilbert of the United States District Court on September 19, has thrown a spotlight on the ongoing election challenge proceeding in Nigeria.
Judge Gilbert’s decision mandated the release of President Tinubu’s academic records to Mr. Abubakar by September 21. Additionally, the judge required school administrators to certify the authenticity of these records under oath.
However, as preparations were underway for the release of the academic records, President Tinubu’s legal team, led by Christopher Carmichael, swiftly entered an emergency application in the district. This application requests a senior judge to review Judge Gilbert’s September 19 order and, crucially, to delay its execution until at least September 25.
Explaining the urgency of their action, President Tinubu’s legal team stated, “Due to the timing for compliance by Chicago State University – later today – Intervenor is filing this motion separately from its challenge to the Magistrate’s ruling on the application. Intervenor intends to file, by the end of the day, a substantive brief addressing the errors in the Magistrate’s decision.”
As this legal battle unfolds, it continues to captivate the attention of both Nigerian and international audiences, with significant implications for the political landscape in Nigeria. The coming days will undoubtedly shed more light on the outcome of this emergency appeal and its potential impact on the ongoing election challenge. Stay tuned for updates as the story develops.