Tinubu has filed a motion to dismiss a subpoena in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Chicago, in response to a recent petition from Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
On July 11, Abubakar filed a petition seeking more details about Tinubu’s academic history at Chicago State University.
The requested documents include Tinubu’s university admission record, attendance dates, degrees, awards, and other honors. Abubakar stated that the goal of the subpoena was to “test the truth and veracity of Mr. Tinubu’s assertions.”
However, in response, Tinubu’s lawyer, Victor P. Henderson, on July 19, requested the court to reject the petition, arguing that no judge had heard and approved the subpoena from Atiku.
Henderson also criticized the timeline given for compliance, pointing out that it was only six days, which is shorter than the 14 days stipulated under Rules 219 and 137 of the Illinois Supreme Court Rules.
Furthermore, Henderson criticized Abubakar for engaging in an “improper fishing expedition about a foreign public official utilizing the Illinois court’s subpoena power.”
Naija News understands that the former Vice President is challenging Tinubu’s declaration as the winner of the 2023 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).