The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of shielding the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Muhammadu Buhari over his inability to present his academic qualifications.
According to the 1999 constitution and the electoral law, any person that stands for any elective position should be presence their certificates to the electoral body.
The Director of the PDP Presidential Campaigns, Femi Fani Kayode who made the accusation on Saturday in Abuja said that the inability of Buhari to submit his academic qualifications to INEC as stipulated is breach of the laws and a threat to the advancement of democracy in Nigeria.
Fani Kayode said: “The inability of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, to present even the minimum requirement of just a leaving school certificate questions his moral and other credentials for pursuing the position of the president of Nigeria. The current shocking disclosures bring to the fore how and what qualifications were used to recruit him into the military, without a minimum school leaving certificate, where he rose to the rank of a General and even became the Head of state through a military coup that truncated a democratically-elected government in 1983.
“Beyond the moral burden of human rights abuses and other sundry anti-democratic practices in his public records, we find that even in other spheres of democratic practices and, in particular, on the matter of due processes, his disdain for democratic conduct has not changed. 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.
“Thus the question must be asked; is Buhari or any other citizen qualified to contest election into the office of the president without meeting the minimum constitutional requirement?”