The legal team of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is set to file a motion to challenge President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s plea for Chicago State University not to release privileged documents in his academic records.
Recall that Tinubu, through his lawyers, had asked Ms Maldonado to delay the order of Judge Jeffrey Gilbert, a magistrate, that ordered the university to release his academic records to Atiku.
Tinubu asked the judge to save him from suffering severe and irreparable damage by placing an emergency hold on a recent order for his university records to be released.
According to the President, the damage he would suffer would be impossible to mitigate if the order directing the release of his academic records to Atiku is not delayed for possible vacation.
“There is harm in allowing discovery on issues and documents outside the diploma,” Tinubu’s lawyers said in their full briefing to the court seeking a review of Judge Jeffrey Gilbert’s order by Ms. Maldonado, a district judge.
The request for a review and delay of the order till Monday was eventually granted by the US district judge.
Earlier, Jeffrey Gilbert had ordered Tinubu’s alma mater to provide all relevant and non-privileged documents to the applicant, Atiku, within two days.
Speaking to The PUNCH, the Special Adviser to Atiku on Public Communications, Phrank Shaibu, said the legal team had up to 48 hours to respond to the motion in the US court.
When asked on Wednesday to confirm if Atiku has filed the suit as he earlier threatened on Monday, Shaibu reassured that the former vice president would submit the motion before midnight.
He said, “I am sure you have seen his application. We are working on our response. We have up till midnight today (Wednesday) to respond to them. And we will.”
On when they expect the court to rule over the matter, Shaibu stated, “It is after we have responded to the court that it will fix the date and inform the parties.”