President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he is more qualified than the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar both “Constitutionally And Educationally.”
This is following Atiku’s claims that Buhari was unqualified to contest for the presidential election as he did not possess the minimum qualification of a school certificate as required by the constitution.
This was contained in a petition filed by Atiku and the PDP challenging Buhari’s victory during the February 23 presidential election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s polling figures from the 36 states and federal capital territory (FCT) gave Buhari 15,191,847 votes, while Atiku came second with 11,262,978 votes.
But the PDP reiterated that Atiku polled a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari whom they said scored 16,741,430 votes.
Reacting, Buhari’s legal team of lawyers led by Wole Olanipekun said that on the contrary, it was Atiku who was not qualified to contest the election.
The team challenged Atiku to produce his educational certificates indicating the schools attended by him with dates.
He said: “He (Buhari) did not, at any time, provide any false information in the Form CF001 submitted to the 1st respondent, either in 2014 or 2018.
“The affidavit of compliance to the 2019 Form CF001 was correct in every material particular.
“In filling Form CF001 in 2014 and 2019, respondent was not oblivious of the constitutional qualifications stipulated in Section 131 of the Constitution and interpreted in Section 318 of the same Constitution.
“Petitioners themselves are also not oblivious of the fact that respondent possesses far more than the constitutional threshold expected for a candidate contesting for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The respondent avers that he is far more qualified, both constitutionally and educationally, to contest and occupy the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria than the 1st petitioner (Atiku); and that in terms of educational qualifications, trainings and courses attended, both within and outside Nigeria, he is head and shoulder above the 1st petitioner in terms of acquisition of knowledge, certificates, laurels, medals and experience.
“Respondent states further that it is the 1st petitioner, who is not qualified to contest the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and challenges the educational credentials and certificates of the 1st petitioner.
“1st petitioner is hereby given notice to produce and tender his educational certificates, indicating the schools attended by him, with dates.”