The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to tender his West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate, which he claimed he has, to the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
Buhari’s 2019 presidential election campaign spokesman, Festus Keyamo had on Monday claimed that Buhari or any other Nigerian does not need WAEC certificate to become president or governor in Nigeria.
But in its reaction, the opposition party in a statement by its national spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, challenged the president to as “Mr Integrity” tender the WAEC certificate he already claimed to posses to the election tribunal instead of allowing his campaign spokesperson, Keyamo to “insult the sensibility of Nigerians with lame attempt at diversionary tactics.”
The party also called on Nigerians to note that in 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, has finally admitted that President Buhari does not have a WAEC certificate as he claimed in his INEC form.”
The PDP said it is completely inexcusable for President Buhari to swear to an affidavit to claim an educational qualification he does not possess.
“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”, the party added.