Tuesday, 30 December 2014

VP Sambo and Gen Buhari fail to present their certificates to INEC

Nigeria's Vice President and Pdp running mate of President Goodluck Jonathan, Namadi Sambo and APC Presidential Candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, have both failed to present their University Degree certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission as part of documents to be tendered before the electoral commission by any aspirant

Arc. Namadi Sambo who presented his nomination forms to INEC on Dec 10th stated in his form that his BSc and MSc certificates from his Alma mater, Ahmadu Bello University ABU got burnt in a fire incident. He however tendered a "To Whom It May Concern" letter from authorities of the ABU stating  that he was a student of their school.
The letter in part read 

    “I certify that the above-named person having completed an approved course of study and passed the prescribed examinations was awarded the Bachelor of Science (Architecture) with Second Class Honours (Lower Division) in 1976 by the Senate of this University. His original certificate got burnt. Please treat his case in view of this certification. Thank you.”

On his part, APC Presidential candidate, General Buhari said he could not tender any of his academic certificates before INEC because all his certificates are with the Military board and not at his disposal. An affidavit sworn by Gen Buhari rtd at High court in Abuja on November 24th to this effect reads in part, 

    "I am the above-named person and deponent to this affidavit therein. All my academic qualifications documents as filled in my presidential form, President APC/001/2015, are currently with the Secretary, Military Board as of the time of presenting this affidavit. The affidavit is made in good faith and for record purpose,”.

All political aspirants are expected to tender their academic certificates while submitting their nomination forms. Other aspirants including President Jonathan have tendered their certificates to the electoral body.

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