PDP seeks probe of WAEC, pres­i­dency over at­tes­ta­tion cer­tifi­cate

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - FRONT PAGE - From Az­i­mazi Mo­moh Ji­moh (Abuja) and Joseph Wantu (Makurdi)

THE Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) has called for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the West African Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil (WAEC) and Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari by the In­ter­na­tional Po­lice (IN­TER­POL) over the at­tes­ta­tion cer­tifi­cate awarded to the lat­ter.

The party also asked the Nige­ria Po­lice Force (NFPF) to in­vite the pres­i­dent’s han­dlers for ques­tion­ing over what it termed a “huge na­tional em­bar­rass­ment.”

In a state­ment yes­ter­day by its na­tional public­ity sec­re­tary, Kola Olog­bondiyan, PDP said: “Pub­lic demon­stra­tions that the pres­i­dency may have pro­cured a forged WAEC at­tes­ta­tion cer­tifi­cate and con­fir­ma­tion for Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari are a huge smear on Nige­ria’s in­tegrity and the of­fice of the pres­i­dent.”

It lamented that the de­vel­op­ment had turned the na­tion into a laugh­ing stock in the West African sub-re­gion and the en­tire global com­mu­nity, adding: “As our pres­i­dent is now be­ing men­tioned as a ben­e­fi­ciary of a du­plic­i­tous act.”

PDP went on: “Most ap­palling is that Mr. pres­i­dent’s han­dlers have suc­ceeded in drag­ging a rep­utable in­sti­tu­tion as WAEC into pub­lic dis­re­pute and op­pro­brium, as Nige­ri­ans are quick to demon­strate marks of forgery in the at­tes­ta­tion is­sued by the ex­am­i­na­tion body.

“A check on the at­tes­ta­tion clearly shows that it does not have the orig­i­nal cer­tifi­cate num­ber, the key au­then­ti­ca­tion fea­ture in all gen­uine at­tes­ta­tions by WAEC. In­stead, a non-ap­pli­ca­ble is en­tered, in­di­cat­ing that the ben­e­fi­ciary does not have a cer­tifi­cate to be at­tested to, thus ren­der­ing the said at­tes­ta­tion unau­then­ti­cated, fake and of no ef­fect.

“The at­tes­ta­tion is for West African Se­nior School Cer­tifi­cate, which Pres­i­dent Buhari couldn’t have sat for, given that the Se­nior School Cer­tifi­cate Ex­am­i­na­tion was es­tab­lished only in the late 1980s.

“Does it not smack of high level scam that the same WAEC, which, in 2015, con­firmed that it does not have records of Pres­i­dent Buhari’s cer­tifi­cate, now had to send of­fi­cials to present Mr. pres­i­dent with an at­tes­ta­tion, that has no orig­i­nal cer­tifi­cate num­ber?”

How­ever, the Benue chap- ter of the party said it had al­legedly un­cov­ered a plot by the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) to buy per­ma­nent vot­ers cards from cit­i­zens.

The state public­ity sec­re­tary, Bemgba Iortyom, asked se­cu­rity to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter in the in­ter­est of the na­tion’s democ­racy.

But, in a swift re­ac­tion, his ACP’S coun­ter­part, James Orn­guga, de­scribed the al­le­ga­tion as por­ous.

He said the PDP, though a rul­ing party in the state, had be­come jit­tery af­ter the mas­sive de­camp­ing of its mem­bers.

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