Following claims by the spokesman for the All Progressives Congress, APC, campaign Council, Festus Keyamo that one does not need a WAEC certificate to become President of Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to submit his WAEC certificate to the tribunal.
Keyamo had in an interview with Channels TV on Sunday claimed that if you have occupied the public office for a reasonable length of time, you do not need the West African Examination Certificate (WAEC) certificate to become president of Nigeria.
However, PDP in a statement by its spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan on Monday noted that by claiming that an aspirant does not need WAEC certificate, but the ability to speak English, to contest for the office of the President, the Buhari Presidency, through Festus Keyamo, had finally admitted that President Buhari does not have a WAEC certificate as he claimed in his INEC documentation.
The statement read in part “An attempt to deceive the public using a defective reading and skewed interpretation of a section of the constitution cannot exonerate President Buhari.
“Moreover, Section 295 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) is very clear on issues of interpretations and reference to questions of law.
“The PDP, therefore, maintains that the onus is on President Buhari, as ‘Mr. Integrity’ to tender the certificate he claims to possess before the tribunal instead of this lame diversion from Presidential aides
“It’s completely inexcusable for President Buhari to swear to an affidavit to claim an educational qualification he did not possess.”