- This is just as Judge Nancy Maldonado ruling ordering Chicago University to turn over all documents pertaining to Tinubu sends the president’s camp into panic.
- The attorneys of Tinubu scoffed at the ruling, dismissing its ability to turn the legal tide against their client
President Bola Tinubu’s legal team has preempted the outcome of the appeal filed at the Supreme Court by leading presidential candidates against the tribunal judgment upholding Tinubu’s election.
This is just as Judge Nancy Maldonado ruling ordering Chicago University to turn over all documents pertaining to Tinubu sends the president’s camp into panic.
The attorneys of Tinubu scoffed at the ruling, dismissing its ability to turn the legal tide against their client.
Documents to be obtained by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, at the United States court will be inconsequential for his appeal at the Apex Court, one of President Bola Tinubu’s attorneys, Oluwole Afolabi, was heard boasting in a WhatsApp voice note.
Maldonado ordered the Chicago State University to release the president’s academic credential by Monday, warning the defendant not to request any appeal again, as it will be rejected.
The former vice president is looking to present Tinubu’s academic records at the Supreme Court to prove that the president’s certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission was fake and that he is unqualified to contest the election in the first place.
But Afolabi said, “The Electoral Act does not allow for the introduction of new evidence on appeal. A party must provide a list of the documents he intends to rely on at the time his Petition is filed.”
He added, “A party cannot spring surprise on his adversary by introducing evidence that was not filed along with the petition.”
Also, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Mr Tinubu’s personal lawyer, Babatunde Ogala, echoed a similar view, saying, “The headless mob is masturbating over nothing. The documents can no longer be used. It is of no value. We have passed that stage.”
“One is whether President Tinubu attended Chicago State University. The answer is yes. Second, what were his grades in school? The school had already provided that,” he added