Why We Want Buhari Disqualified – Jonathan Campaign Group

President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign team on Saturday accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of trying to cover up for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, after failing to produce evidence of his educational qualification. On this score, the Jonathan Campaign group is asking that Buhari be disqualified. Femi Fani-Kayode, spokesman for the campaign team at a press conference on Saturday in Abuja said the inability of Buhari to fulfil the constitutional requirement is a drawback on the intergrity he professes. Fani-Kayode said “Academic qualification is a threshold issue that cannot be waived for any citizen no matter how highly-placed and irrespective of whichever region such individual comes from except as provided by the constitution.” The former minister cited Section 131 of the Nigerian constitution which states that: “A person shall be qualified for election to the office of President if: (a) He is a citizen of Nigeria by birth (b) He has attained the age of forty years(c) He is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party; and (d) He has been educated up to at least School certificate level or its equivalent. He continued: “But from what INEC has published, Buhari has not submitted any personal particular of minimum school leaving certificate for the 2015 election and, shockingly, from INEC documents displayed in all constituencies, he also did not submit anything in 2011 and never referred the electoral umpire then to the Secretary of the Military Board as well as previous elections he contested as evidenced in all available INEC records until this current discovery. “If the constitution did not require proof, it would not specify a minimum,” he said. Buhari’s academic qualification became an issue after it was revealed he submitted a sworn affidavit at a Federal High Court, FCT, High Court Abuja stating that all his academic qualifications were with the Secretary of the Military Board. Providing clarification, the APC would later explain circumstance of his failure to produce one. Lai Mohammed, APC, National Publicty Secretary, in chat with Leadership Newspaper said “General Muhammadu Buhari was in detention for over three years; while in detention, captors raided his residence and vandalised his property including certificates and diplomas; and that consequently, after his release, whenever the General is asked about his academic qualifications, he would refer such bodies to the Military Command, who has his service records including his academic certificates.”
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