The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’for the first time has reacted to the issue of President Muhammadu Buhari’s academic qualification – which has ben a subject of public debate since he ran for office in 2015.
According to the electoral body, it was satisfied by the academic documents submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari while running for office.
Mr Buhari’s early school certificate was one of the major grounds of a petition filed against his victory by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
Mr Abubakar’s legal team said Mr Buhari claimed, in INEC filings, to have attended a school that could not be traced. He also said Mr Buhari claimed to bear a certificate that was not in existence at the time he claimed to have obtained it.
But in its response to Mr Abubakar’s grounds at the Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal in Abuja, INEC said it had no objections about Mr Buhari’s academic documents.
The commission said it was “satisfied with the educational qualification presented” by Mr Buhari to contest for office, according to excerpts of its submission seen by PREMIUM TIMES.
It argued that Mr Abubakar’s petition was “incompetent”, “lacking in merit” and “frivolous”. It also prayed the court to dismiss it.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived N’Djamena, the capital of Chad Republic, to participate in the Extraordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD).
The meeting is expected to address recent security issues facing the region.
Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, confirmed Buhari’s arrival in a series of tweets on Saturday.
“President Buhari arrives N’Djamena, capital of Chad Republic to participate in the Extraordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), recent security issues top the agenda of the Session,” he stated.
Nigeria joined the current 29-member regional economic community in 2001 which seeks mainly to create a free trade area in Africa, as well as “strengthen peace, security and stability, and achieve global economic and social development of its members.”
Buhari and other regional leaders will join the host President, Idriss Deby “to deliberate on political and security issues, state of peace and ways to address multifaceted threats in CEN-SAD area especially Boko Haram and refugees.”
Joining the President on his Chadian trip are Governors Kashim Shettima, Akinwunmi Ambode and Adegboyega Oyetola of Borno, Lagos and Osun States respectively.
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