Academic Qualification: PDP Rejects Buhari’s Explanation, Insists On Presentation Of School Certificate

Jonathan-BuhariThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has insisted that Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate in upcoming elections should produce his certificate as required by law for the election.

Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Director of Media and Publicity of PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, stated this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

“As long as he cannot produce that secondary school certificate, we believe that he is not qualified to run for the presidency of Nigeria. This is a matter of law and not sentiment.

“Buhari, just like any other Nigerian, must be compelled to abide by the law and he must prove his eligibility for the presidential election by producing his certificate”, the statement said.

According to the party, it is disingenuous for Buhari to say he contested previous elections and that the issue of his qualifications did not arise.

It said that if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had not complied with the Electoral Act which required it to paste the academic credentials of all presidential candidates, Nigerians would have remained ignorant.

The statement said that the fact that Buhari got away with it in 2003, 2007 and 2011 when he contested the presidency, did not make it right.

It said that the minimum that Nigerians required from Buhari was the presentation of his secondary school certificate which enabled him to gain admission into the Nigerian Military College in 1962.

According to the statement, failure to produce that school certificate implies that Buhari’s entire career in the Army was based on falsehood which cannot stand. (NAN)