- A famous northern politician, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, has praised the presidential election petition tribunal for its verdict in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari
- Yakassai said that the ruling of the tribunal ended a lot of speculations about President Buhari's academic qualification
- The politician said that once a person is literate and has a secondary school certificate, he or she can contest in any election in Nigeria
Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, a northern politician famous in the second republic politician, has appreciated the efforts of the presidential election petition tribunal in the case between President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar.
Yakassai said that the verdict of the tribunal on Wednesday, September 11, put to an end to the arguments and petitions about President Buhari's academic qualification in relation to the last presidential election, The Sun reports.
The renowned northern politician stated that according to the tribunal, once a candidate can read and write with at least a secondary school certificate, such a person can contest in any election in Nigeria.
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He said: “Once you can read and write and understand, you are presumed to have attained the equivalent of a secondary school certificate and can, therefore, stand for elections at any level.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that James Akinloye, president of the Initiative to Save Democracy, had outlined three reasons why Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 presidential election, could not defeat President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT).
In a piece published on Leadership, Akinloye said that Atiku’s petition was filled with many contradictions. Legit.ng notes that the analyst pointed out that Atiku, a former vice president of Nigeria, had said card readers had shown that he got over 16 million votes; yet, at another point, said that the same card readers were barely used in 11 northern states.
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