Dissatisfied, the Peoples Democratic Party, Thursday, alleged the copy of Muhammadu Buhari’s school certificate released to Government College, Kastina, by the University of Cambridge, is forged. Femi Fani-Kayode, a former aviation minister and media and publicity director for President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential campaign, told journalists of his suspicions.
Fani-Kayode said the PDP concluded that the certificate copy which Buhari “hopes to bury the doubt about his eligibility for next month’s election is forged, manipulated and fraudulently procured. It is therefore untenable in fact and in law”. He urged “authors and masterminds of this forgery” to turn themselves in to the police, or the latter finds and prosecute them. Fani-Kayode also asked Buhari to submit himself to the police for perjuring in previous elections he participated in.
Fani-Kayode further states his grouse. “The result sheet which was attributed to the Cambridge examination body is clearly a super imposition of one document on another, as you will shortly see in the enlarged image of the result sheet as published”, he asserted.
He explained that “The column lines on the part where names are printed do not align with the blank columns while there is an introduction of extraneous lines on some other columns.
“The document contains an obvious alteration on the Mathematics column of the candidate, Mohamed Buhari, who was assumed to have scored an ‘F’ in the subject. This raises a very fundamental issue of validity in view of the fact that the accompanying result sheet states that ‘any alteration or erasure renders this statement of result invalid.’
“This is the standard practice in all interpretation of documents, especially academic records. The question we put to Gen. Buhari and his party is whether this alteration was done by the University of Cambridge.”
Neither the former minister, who is standing trial for corruption, nor his party has inquired from the issuing authorities. When asked if he has contacted the schools at the press conference, Fani-Kayode simply said “no”.
Insisting the certificate is genuine, Government College, Kastina, principal, Isyaku Bello, challenged the doubters to check with the school. “If they are doubting the result, then they should come and see the authentic copy and not the photocopy sent to us by the Cambridge West Africa School,” Bello told the Punch.