The issue of Buhari’s WAEC certificate has continue to generate serious argument, one which the opposition party has been more frontal in their accusation from the beginning. In a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, the National Publicity Secretary of the party in Abuja, the party lamented that the development has turned the nation into “a laughing stock in the West African sub-region and the entire global community, as our President is now being mentioned as a beneficiary of a duplicitous act.” These are few reason why the opposition are strongly of the opinion that the result is fake.
Point 1: “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.
Point 2: “Also, 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.
Point 3: “Does it not smack of a 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?
Point 4: “Moreover, by WAEC rules, attestations are only issued in the case of missing or destroyed certificate. Why then should the exam body issue an attestation to President Buhari, whose certificate, he claimed is with the military and not missing or destroyed?
“If not intended to circumvent the system and deceive Nigerians, why did President Buhari’s handlers chose to write to WAEC to issue an attestation when he, as the Commander-in-Chief, has the powers to direct the military to make available his credentials for all to see.
The PDP stressed that the Buhari Presidency should know that there is no way the truth can be suppressed adding: “In fact, the current disagreement between the Presidency and WAEC over who initiated the attestation deal is also very revealing.”
The PDP, therefore, urged WAEC to redeem its image by handing over all its officials involved in the deal to the INTERPOL for investigation and prosecution.It also called on the Nigeria Police to immediately invite Mr President’s handlers for questioning over this huge national embarrassment, declaring: “Enough is Enough!”
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