Many Nigerians on Friday expressed outrage at President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to submit his educational certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission, as required by law and his claim that the documents were with the military. President Buhari had in a sworn affidavit he submitted along with his forms to INEC on Friday, said all his credentials were with the Secretary to the Military Board.
Angered by the development, several Nigerians on Friday expressed outrage over the President’s “perpetual excuse” of his certificates being in custody of the military, having given same excuse in 2015.
Meanwhile, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, has also challenged the President to show proof of his integrity by presenting his academic documents to the INEC, instead of bugging the commission with affidavits. The PDP said while its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, had submitted his educational and other relevant documents to INEC, Buhari “is rather seeking ways to short-circuit the system, instead of complying with set rules.”
Speaking in a similar vein, the co-spokesperson for the Coalition of United Peoples Parties, Mr. Mark Adebayo, said it is now clear to all Nigerians to see that the President simply did not possess the minimum requirement to contest the 2019 election.
In his reaction, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday urged Nigerians who feel concerned strongly about the President’s credentials to approach the court. He said INEC decided to make the particulars of all candidates public for the sake of transparency and in line with the Electoral Act.