- Atiku Abubakar has insisted President Buhari does not have the qualification to be president
- The PDP presidential candidate said the president would have attached his certificates if he had any
- The former vice president challenged Buhari to order the army to produce his certificate
Atiku Abubakar who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of lying about his academic qualification.
The Nation reports that Atiku and his party in a counter-response to Buhari’s response to his petition at the tribunal said he was more qualified than the president.
Livy Uzoukwu who led Atiku’s team of lawyers said unlike the president, Atiku has been able to prove his academic credentials.
The PDP and Atiku argued that, “having failed to attach the credentials to the Form CF001, which he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), one could safely conclude that Buhari lied that his certificates were with the Nigerian Army.”
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They challenged President Buhari to order the army to produce his results which he claimed was with them.
The PDP and Atiku added: “In further response to paragraph 381(iv) of the 2nd respondent’s reply, aver that the petitioners have no knowledge of any certificates or alleged qualifications issued to the 2nd respondent (Buhari), but contend that 2nd respondent falsely represented that his certificates are in the custody of the Nigerian Army when the 2nd respondent, by his own admission, is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“In further response to Paragraph 381(iv) of the 2nd respondent’s reply, the petitioners aver that the 2nd respondent as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria could easily order the Army Secretary to produce the certificates allegedly submitted if they actually exist.
“Contrary to paragraph 381(i-iv) of the 2nd respondent’s reply, the petitioners aver that the 2nd respondent does not posses the educational qualification he claimed to have in his INEC Form CF001 submitted to the 1st respondent (INEC) having not been attached as required.
“In reply to the paragraph 383 of the 2nd respondent’s reply, the petitioners aver that the 1st petitioner (Atiku) is eminently qualified to contest election for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and had indeed attached evidence of his educational qualifications to his INEC Form CF001 submitted to the 1st respondent, unlike the 2nd respondent (Buhari) who did not attach evidence of the qualifications he claimed in his INEC Form CF001 because he does not possess them as he falsely claimed.”
Meanwhile, leader of pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, declared that he would not recognise President Buhari as president-elect of Nigeria because the 2019 presidential election that produced him was a farce.
The elder statesman expressed optimism that Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, would reclaim his mandate at the court, Daily Independent reports.
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