APC VP CANDIDATE  TO INEC: My Certificates Missing

APC VP CANDIDATE  TO INEC: My Certificates Missing
  • Reactions trail Masari’s declaration
  • No cause for alarm over  missing credentials –Uzodimma
  • Says Tinubu qualified to run, citing past elections
  • Action Alliance approaches court to stop duo from contesting

Caleb Ishaya, Abuja

All Progressives Congress, APC, Vice- Presidential Candidate running mate, Ibrahim Masari, who was recently picked by the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, in an affidavit attached to document presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, indicated that his original educational credential went missing “sometime in January 2021, while on transit within Wuse Area, FCT-Abuja”.

The affidavit also read that “I discovered that my original Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) of Plot, No. KT 17522, GRA, Katsina, Katsina State; Certificate of Kaduna State Development Centre from 1994 – 1995; Grade ll Certificate from Katsina Teachers’ College (KTC) from 1978-1983 and First Leaving School Certificate, issued by Masari Primary, Katsina State, from 1972-1978, got lost.”

Masari said all efforts to trace the documents were unsuccessful.

AljazirahNigeria reports that the placeholder’s certificate saga is generating heated debates from Nigerians especially the public court. Many have taking a swipe on the ruling All Progressives Congress for what they described as taking Nigerians for a ride.

Speaking with a concerned citizen at the Federal Secretariat Abuja, by AljazirahNigeria correspondence Hajia Memunatu Sefiyatu disclosed that then APC has brought Nigeria to her low and she doesn’t know how more low the citizens would go with the ruling party that have run the country dry.  Hajia queried, Our children will burn midnight candles to study to acquire knowledge so as to qualify to serve the nation but will be turned down for flimsy reasons but only in this country that someone with academic issue will be allowed to rule and even defended in the courts and at the end ruled the nation. The APC has come again, she said.  Also Mr Musa Adamu said, Nigerians are tired of the APC for the poor governance and the party is yet to realize it and is bent on forcing a candidate that is below standard for the country. Mr Jude Uche however sounded different that the APC and supporters know what they are doing because the party must have carried out a due diligence on both Tinubu and his running mate. If the citizens’ wished to be fooled the second time, they are free, we shall survive by his grace.  Paul Yakubu , a taxi driver was shocked when our correspondence posed the question to him, he said, for the two days, he slept at the fuel station and doesn’t have interest in the APC which has failed themselves and Nigerians. He further said, by the Grace of God, he will vote for a person and not a party.

Meanwhile, Imo State Governor Senator Hope Uzodimma, was quoted as saying that Tinubu and his running mate will come out strong from the scandal. According to Uzodimma, “All the things so mentioned are entirely party challenges that will be resolved. But, for my presidential candidate, the issue of a certificate shouldn’t even arise. In 1999, he contested elections and became the governor of Lagos, and in 2003, he contested the election for second-term governor of Lagos.

“He ran and won as a senator in the country. Where record-keeping is efficient and INEC server functional, he doesn’t need to do a fresh submission. However, if whatever he is supposed to submit is not handy, it is not late yet. I’m sure before that time, he will submit whatever is required of him”. The Imo Governor assured that the party will resolve whatever issues the certificates of Tinubu and Masari have generated. He advised Nigerians not to raise alarm or be deterred in their support for the candidates of the ruling party.

However, a political party the Action Alliance, AA, sequel to the revelation has approached a Federal High Court to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission , INEC,  from including the APC and the duo on the ballot paper for the 2023 upcoming presidential election, describing them as not qualified to contest the election.  

The AA has equally asked the court for another order restraining the electoral umpire from accepting the name of Senator Bola Tinubu as the candidate of the APC in the forthcoming presidential election.

The plaintiff, in the Writ of Summon marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/954/2022, predicated its request on the claim that both the APC and its presidential candidate, Tinubu, are not qualified to participate in the 2023 presidential election on alleged forgery committed by Tinubu in 1999.

The suit filed on behalf of the plaintiff by its lawyer, Mr Ukairo, claimed that Tinubu forged the University of Chicago certificate he submitted in 1999 in aid of his qualification for the 1999 governorship election in Lagos State, which was won by Tinubu.

The suit, dated and filed on June 21, has INEC, APC and Tinubu as first, second and third defendants respectively.

In a 16-paragraph statement on oath deposed by one Kalu Agu, the plaintiff submitted that “the third defendant is a person who is not qualified for election to the office of President of Nigeria on the grounds of alleged forgery”.

According to the deponent, the third defendant had provided false information and attached forged documents in his form CF 001, he submitted to INEC in 1999 in aid of his qualification for the governorship poll.

The petitioner stated that the claim of Tinubu that he possesses Bsc degrees in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Chicago and Chicago State University in 1976 and 1979 respectively were false. 

“The third defendant knew he did not possess all the educational qualifications he listed in the said INEC form”, he added.

The deponent further claimed that the matter of false information by Tinubu was once reported to the Inspector General of Police and the Lagos State House of Assembly, wherein the latter set up a committee which in its report at page 2 said: “The Governor of Lagos State stated his evidence by admitting full responsibility for some of the needless errors being pinpointed in recent publications and which formed the basis of the allegations against him”.

The plaintiff contends that arising from the above; the third defendant is not qualified for election into the office of President of Nigeria.

The party therefore prayed the court to declare that the third defendant’s claim that he attended Government College, Ibadan and University of Chicago on his INEC Form CF 001 in 1999, which he presented to INEC, is false.

He also urged the court to further declare that the alleged false information on Tinubu’s INEC Form CF 001 about his BSc degree in Economics from the University of Chicago “is a forged certificate”.

The plaintiff said in view of Section 137(1)(j) of the 1999 Constitution, the court should declare that the third defendant, “Haven in 1999 presented a forged certificate to the INEC…is not qualified to contest for the office of president.

However, as at the time of going to press, the court is yet to fix a date for the hearing and determination of the suit before it.  

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