Hey guys! So, you know that Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last presidential election? Well, he just replied to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s objection about his academic records from the Chicago State University (CSU).
Atiku said that Tinubu can’t use the privacy law as an excuse to stop the release of his academic records. He thinks that Tinubu’s objection is not good enough and doesn’t make sense.
Atiku explained that all the reasons Tinubu gave for objecting to the court order were already resolved by Judge Jeffrey Gilbert. The judge listened to both sides and decided that Atiku’s request for discovery is more important than Tinubu’s plea for privacy.
Just to refresh your memory, the court had previously said that Atiku’s application for discovery is more important than Tinubu’s privacy rights. But Tinubu didn’t agree with that and asked a Federal High Court to delay the enforcement of the order until he could file his objection.
During the court proceedings on Monday, Tinubu argued that the order violates his right to privacy and breaks US law about releasing academic records. He specifically mentioned the Federal Educational Records and Privacy Act (FERPA) that protects educational records from being disclosed.
Basically, Atiku wants to see Tinubu’s academic records because he wants to know if Tinubu is qualified to run for the 2023 presidential election. Tinubu won the election, but Atiku thinks that Tinubu’s qualifications should be checked.
Tinubu doesn’t want to show his records because he thinks they should be private. He believes that the court order goes against the law that protects educational records.
Now, we have to wait and see what happens next. The court will decide whether Atiku can see Tinubu’s academic records or if Tinubu’s privacy rights are more important.
It’s an interesting case, and it’s important for us to understand how the law works and how it protects our rights. Let’s keep an eye on this and see what the court decides!