PDP to Buhari: Ten­der your cre­den­tials

Weekly Trust - - News - Saawua Terzungwe

The Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) has asked Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari to present his aca­demic cre­den­tials to the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) or apol­o­gise to Nige­ri­ans if he has none.

The party said Buhari should ful­fill his obli­ga­tion like other pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates, rather than bug­ging INEC with af­fi­davits.

The PDP said in a state­ment by its Na­tional Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary, Kola Olog­bondiyan yes­ter­day that while its pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Al­haji Atiku Abubakar, had sub­mit­ted his ed­u­ca­tional and other rel­e­vant doc­u­ments to INEC, Pres­i­dent Buhari is seek­ing ways to “short-cir­cuit the sys­tem” in­stead of com­ply­ing with the rules.

“In­deed, a sit­u­a­tion where Pres­i­dent Buhari has been dodg­ing the cer­tifi­cate is­sue raises huge ques­tions of in­tegrity, which de­mands that he makes avail­able his cre­den­tials, or apol­o­gize to Nige­ri­ans, if he has none, so that the na­tion can move ahead.

“Pres­i­dent Buhari knows by now that Nige­ri­ans are no longer in­ter­ested in his claims in an af­fi­davit. PDP main­tains that in­tegrity strictly de­mands that Pres­i­dent Buhari, par­tic­u­larly as the Com­man­derIn-Chief, writes to the mil­i­tary au­thor­i­ties di­rect­ing them to for­ward his claimed cre­den­tials to INEC, as req­ui­site ev­i­dence of com­pli­ance with a key re­quire­ment for elec­tion into the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent, un­der sec­tion 131 (d) of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion (as amended)”, the party said.

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