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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Buhari Must Produce His Certificates!

Minister of State for Works, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, has insisted that General Buhari must prove his innocence in the certificate saga, by producing his original certificates.

He stated that Buhari’s failure to produce his certificates would amount to a clear confirmation that he had something to hide.

The minister said Buhari must provide evidence that he was qualified to contest the election, as prescribed by the 1999 Constitution.

According to him, the affidavit sworn to by Buhari was meaningless, because the military could not keep the original certificates of an officer.

He also cautioned human rights lawyer, Tunji Abayomi, who had risen in defence of Buhari, against blind support to a candidate because of personal interests.

Adeyeye said while Section 131 of the 1999 Constitution provides that a candidate must be educated up to at least secondary school to be able to vie for the presidential election, Section 137(j) also indicates that a candidate can be disqualified from seeking the election if he submits a forged certificate to INEC, adding that those who drafted the constitution knew that “you have to submit an evidence of qualification, that is why Section 137 talks about forged certificate.”