A US District Judge, Nancy Maldonado, has agreed to postpone the release of certain academic documents of Bola Tinubu, the President of Nigeria, by Chicago State University (CSU). This decision came after Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert had previously ordered CSU to submit the documents by the end of Thursday.
During an emergency hearing on Thursday, Judge Maldonado gave both sides the opportunity to file additional arguments by the following Thursday. Lawyers representing the Nigerian President argued that Judge Gilbert’s decision needed to be reviewed by a district judge.
Judge Maldonado granted the request and stated that she would rule as quickly as possible after reviewing the additional arguments. She emphasized the importance of following proper procedures and rules in the case, as she is a “rule person” being a judge herself. She acknowledged the significance of the case and expressed her commitment to getting it right.
Tinubu had filed an Emergency Motion requesting the Chicago Court to delay the release of his academic records until at least Monday, September 25th. The court had initially ordered CSU to provide all records related to Tinubu’s time as a student to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar within two days. Atiku has been questioning the authenticity of Tinubu’s claim of graduating from CSU and filed an application seeking the documents to prove Tinubu’s ineligibility for the presidential election at the time.