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PDP faults submission of attestation to Buhari, says it is a political certificate


President Muhammadu Buhari PHOTO: BAYO OMOBORIOWO

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President Muhammadu Buhari has received attestation certificate and confirmation of school certificate result from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, made the disclosure yesterday.

In a tweet on his Twitter handle, @FemiAdesina, he said: “WAEC presents attestation certificate and confirmation of school cert result to President Buhari.

“What will the naysayers say next?”
Adesina did not give further details.Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) said the certificate presented to President Buhari by WAEC was a political certificate.National Publicity secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a reaction, said, “It is a tragicomedy. We never expected Mr. President to dramatically come this low because you cannot have a certificate and be calling it an attestation.

“What are they attesting to? We stand by our position that Mr. President has no school certificate.”According to him, “it’s simply a political certificate. We have said that the Buhari presidency and his handlers are always fretting at the mention of a certificate. So, they want to mislead Nigerians to say that Mr. President has a school certificate.”

He further wondered: “If Mr. President has a certificate, why did he not use it in 2015 election? Why is the certificate suddenly emerging few months to the election?“And have you checked the photograph that was attached to the certificate? In 1961, was it the requirement of WAEC to have a passport attached to school certificate?

Even in our own generation, was a condition in WAEC that you must submit your passport to be attached to your certificate?They should come off it. It’s too low. You remember the procured Martin Luther Award presented to our president, which later was discovered to be fake? This is a similar award, a procured one. We are waiting for the story of its declaration as another procured document.”

In a related development, political parties trooped to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday to beat the deadline for the submission of list of candidates for governorship and State Assembly elections.At the International Conference Center (ICC) venue for the submission, representatives of political parties were seen rushing to perfect documents to be submitted.It was learnt that the commission wouldn’t extend the deadline for submission, which ended 12 midnight.

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