Present Your Certificate, Not Affidavits, PDP Tells Buhari


The People’s Democratic Party has demanded that President Muhammed Buhari should present his certificate rather than bugging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with Affidavits. In a statement on Friday, the opposition party said the president should present his certificate like other presidential candidates.

The Electoral body, on Thursday, published the list of 70 presidential candidates and their academic qualifications. Out of all these candidates, only president Muhammed Buhari was unable to present any form of academic qualification. Rather, he presented an affidavit claiming his certificate was with the Secretary of the Military Board as at the time of the said affidavit.

PDP said that the situation where the president has been dodging the issue of his certificate, raises questions of integrity. In addition to this, the party said the president should come clean if he has none so that the nation will move on from the issue.

The National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, challenged Buhari to show proof of his flaunted integrity by submitting his academic qualifications to the electoral body. He further added that he wants Buhari to fulfill his obligations just like any other presidential candidate, and put an end to this charade.

The PDP said while their own presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has submitted his own certificate to the electoral body, the president is looking for ways to circumvent the requirements. The party said that integrity simply demands that Buhari as the Commander-in-Chief, write to the military authorities and demand that they should hand over his credentials to the electoral body as as requisite evidence of compliance with a key requirement for election into the Office of the President, under section 131 (d) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

Ologbondiyan added that although the president and the past INEC circumvented the law in the past elections, it will not be accepted in this current electoral process.

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