WAEC Certificate: Aso Rock Panics As Court Throws Out Buhari’s Application To...

WAEC Certificate: Aso Rock Panics As Court Throws Out Buhari’s Application To Stop Case (DETAILS)

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Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, shown here on June 14 in Johannesburg, South Africa. | Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images

It looks like the issue of General Buhari’s WAEC certificate, a major issue talking point during the 2015 presidential campaigns, hasn’t gone away.

A federal high court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the preliminary objections filed by President Muhammadu Buhari in the case filed against him challenging his competence to stand election into the office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria when he lacks the basic educational qualifications set out in the constitution.

Justice Ademola Adeniyi on Thursday, May 26, 2016 dismissed the preliminary objections filed by President Muhammadu Buhari in the case instituted against him, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/110/2015 by an Abuja based Legal Practitioner, Barrister Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe.

This development was received with shock by the presidency as members of Buhari’s government had forgotten about the existence of the court case.

The Trent learnt that panic has hit Aso Rock as the court ruling took President Buhari and his aides by surprise as they all thought the matter of the ‘missing WAEC certificate‘ had been laid to rest when Buhari won the elections. The source says that this ruling has posed a big distraction for government activities at the Presidential Villa.

“Nobody even knew the case was still on. The story was not even reported in the mainstream media. No paper carried the Thursday ruling. But I can tell you the Presidency is rattled and seriously hoping that the case does not resurface again in the public domain because of the huge embarrassment it could cause the President. But more importantly, there are concerns about the safety of the judge and the plaintiff,” a inside source disclosed to Signal, an online newspaper.

The Missing WAEC Certificate: A 2015 Campaign Issue

This case represents a weak spot for President Buhari as it challenges his eligibility to hold the office of the president. During the 2015 presidential campaigns it was discovered that Buhari failed to present his secondary school certificate INEC as required by law. Rather, the former military general submitted a sworn affidavit claiming that his academic credentials were with the Nigerian military.

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The Nigerian Army issued a statement saying that it was not in possession of Buhari’s certificate or that of any other soldier. The institution explained that like any employer, it only sights credentials and returns them to the employee. Following intense pressure, the army later disclosed that Buhari never presented a secondary school certificate when joining the military, rather he presented a letter of recommendation from his school principal.

The, then ruling party, had called for Buhari to step down from the race following the scandal which appeared to end when Buhari, through Premium Times, presented a statement of result from his secondary school in Katsina showing that he obtained an F9 in mathematics. The rules of army require that a commissioned officer must earn a pass in mathematics before admittance.

The issue of Buhari’s lack of a WAEC certificate formed the basis for over 30 lawsuits around the country during the 2015 elections. After the elections, former President Goodluck Jonathan personally intervened in the cases, asking the plaintiffs to withdraw their suits in the interest of peace.

One Courageous Lawyer, 20 SANs, and One Year Later

Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe had in February 2015 filed an originating summons at the Federal High Court, Abuja asking the court to disqualify Buhari from contesting for the position of the president not having sat for the Secondary School Certificate and also deposing to a false affidavit about his educational qualifications contrary to the Electoral Act.

Buhari and the APC instead of entering a defence on the merits and exhibiting any educational certificates obtained by Buhari, tried to frustrate the hearing of the case by filing several objections to the competence of the action.

President Buhari reportedly retained over twenty SANs led by Chief Wole Olanipekun, Chief Akin Olujinmi, Femi Falana, etc., who for over one year now have failed to file any defence for Buhari or APC but instead used every trick in the book to delay the case.

But on Thursday, the Justice Ademola Adeniyi in his ruling on the case, dismissed all applications by the defendant as totally lacking in merit. He held that the suit filed by Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe was competent and the service on Buhari and APC was also competent.

He thereafter adjourned the case to the 16th day of June 2016 for hearing of the substantive originating Summons to determine whether Buhari’s educational qualifications meets the minimum standards required by the constitution.

According to reports, only the counsel to INEC was in Court, the plaintiff was absent but wrote to the court explaining that he received notice of the date for the ruling the previous night and was out of town and could not make it. APC (2nd Respondent) and Buhari (3rd Respondent) were absent, were not represented and did not write to court.

The WAEC Certificate Still Remains Elusive

During the 2015 campaigns, APC confessed that it cannot produce the WAEC certificate of its then presidential candidate, General Buhari.

It will be recalled that there were claims by online handlers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the Nigerian Army  located President Buhari’s “missing certificate” after the elections.

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However, there is still no official statement by the Nigerian Army up till this day corroborating claims that the certificate has been found.

The new defence minister appointed by Buhari, Brigadier General (rtd) Monsur Dan-Ali, had derided the leadership of the army during the election period over the certificate saga saying they “did not show Buhari respect”, but still failed to produce the result. Human Rights groups have demanded that the defence minister produced the president’s WAEC certificate.

48 COMMENTS

  1. Very good development . Corruption must be fought in all ramifications no matter who is involved . Mr. President is a gonna

  2. Since Mr. Integrity is the advocate of corruption free Nigeria which we all welcome, he and his associates should rather celebrate the decision of the court as he now has the opportunity to prove his self-acclaimed Integrity to a court of competent jurisdiction. In reality the presidency should ordinarily have no course for concern if they have nothing to hide. Or do they?

  3. Apc !!!!!!!!!!! Change..Itş obvious he had all F9 that is why the result seem to be stored in the lion’s mouth.. APC leadership has sabotaged the whole country..

  4. This is democracy. The rule of law and constitution are fundamental. This is where the integrity test is proved. If PMB did not have the certificate qualifying him for the elections , he has no audacity to be in charge of Nigerians. It means has no right to contest thebelection in the first place. Let the Law take its course.

  5. He must return back to secondary school and retake wase again,,possibly he will make all his papers this time around. PMB IS A STUDENT OF KATSINA SECONDARY SCHOOL.

  6. Baba presido, we believed u came to tackle corruption, pls prove to us ur citizens we are right to trust ur leadership

  7. i have 6 good credit, including maths and english. with an HND result from a reputable polytechnic and my president does’nt even have common weac. who knows wether he even pass primary 6. its a big shame for APC.

  8. A CASE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED. HOWEVER, LET NIGERIAN USE THIS AND SEE THE COMPITENCY OF OUR JUDICIARY. GOD HELP US.

  9. Eve if the president produces his WAEC results which will surely happen because he “the president” will use influence and force to make the Army, the principal, even the education board ministry to forge one for him.
    Yes, but what of the electoral act that has been violated. Is it not obvious that a candidate standing for election must submitte his credentials before. Even Jega has a case to answer if the case will not also be sabotaged like other cases that concerns the so call Mr President who is corrupt himself but claim he is fighting corruption in disguise to intimidate and silence his oppositions, time will tell, we are watching.

  10. In a society where you find a pastor impregnating more than 20 of his members, including mothers & daughters, and he is still believed to be a man of God, what can one expect? If as the led one does not see anything wrong with a PhD holding president sign away 40billion naira on a piece of paper, how can anybody cure such a brain? Is it for nothing that God spoke of people he has created, “with eyes but who can see not & those with ears but who can hear not?

    • Exactly the issue Mr. Isah, if a PhD holding president should be found wanting over whatever sum by the court of competent Jurisdiction, not by personal conviction of anybody in any position, definitely he should be brought to book. You cannot replace the judiciary with personal conviction, there is a reason why they are there as the neutral body in a dispute in the first place.
      In the case of the WAEC Certificate of the President, nobody is asking for any other thing other than the law taking its due course through the court of competent jurisdiction.

    • Isah you should have sight t example of your people abducting little girls, forcefully sleeping with them like animals and forceful conversion to Islam instead of talking about a pastor- you are always religious bigot entities. What is on the table for discussion is simple a plain- any right thinking individual won’t bring religion into this or tribal rubbish. You don’t wash others of their oil stains when you are fully dressed in plain white- wash your hands before you start dishing out instructions on ha washing. Education is paramount….

  11. It quite a pity,nigerians shld temper justice with mercy,it ll b shameful if such case drag our president into mud,that means his emergence was a scarm.inec espclly Atahiru Jega shld b brot to book even though retired cos he’s d brain bhind the mess

    • I am sorry it is not only INEC that has a case to answer here if the court of competent jurisdiction should find Mr. Integrity wanting in his acclaimed qualification here. It is about the totality of what has gone wrong with Nigeria foundation from the very start, because to the best of my knowledge, the WAEC certificate as stated is the basic prerequisite for admission into the army as at the time he was admitted to the armed forces. That means that even those who presided over his admission into the armed forces have a case to answer here period.

  12. This is a simple proof that this country is held hostage by the Hausa Fulanis and their collaborators. Nobody from any other tribe will be guilty of this crime and survive this far. A former General of the Nigerian Army, former Head of state and now President, has no WAEC? Unbelievable. This country is a fraud.

  13. It is a thing of shame and utter disgrace for all of us who claim to have gone to school that we elected an illiterate president to preside over the affairs of our economy and by extension our lives in a 21st century… Posterity Will never ever forgive us for that.

    That’s the reason some of us don’t respect you so-called Professors, lawyers because you’re all monkeys and baboons sitting and watching our hard earned democracy degenerate into dictatorship of acquiescence by the hausafulani Islamic hegemonic imperialism

  14. It is a thing of shame and utter disgrace for all of us who claim to have gone to school that we elected an illiterate president to preside over the affairs of our economy and by extension our lives in a 21st century… Posterity Will never ever forgive us for that.

    That’s the reason some of us don’t respect you so-called Professors, lawyers because you’re all monkeys and baboons sitting and watching our hard earned democracy degenerate into dictatorship of acquiescence by the hausafulani Islamic hegemonic imperialism..

  15. Since INEC is vested with power to decide who is qualified, why do people like to waist emerge at waiving down the vehicle that is on motion? G. Lawal

  16. Since INEC is vested with power to decide who is qualified, why do people like to waist emerge at waiving down the vehicle that is on motion? G. Lawal

  17. The ball is in your court, gmb mr “integrity”. Whats the point of trying to block a competent legal process, when its so simple?? If you have it, present it, if you dont have it, aplogise to nigerians and resign. Case closed. Kudos to this courageous judge. Thats the law; respecter of no one!! QED.

  18. Allah has dealt the useless Buhari a dirty slap for killing our shiite brothers in Zaria. He shall be disgraced – insha Allah.

  19. The ball is now in your court, pmb mr “integrity”. Why try to block a competent judicial process when its so simple; if you have it, present it, if you dont have it,resign and apologise to nigerians. Case closed. Thats the law and it respects no one. QED. Kudos to that courageous judge. He has created a fine opportunity for the nigerian judiciary to raise its credibility and integrity rating to one of the best in the world and i hope they will not fail to grab it with both hands!!

  20. Can someone answer this question. The law that qualifies any Nigerian to be president says he or she must have school cert and above as minimum qualification.What if PMB is in that category? I know people with g4 or modern school certificate and they read privately to become lawyers or held uniiversity diplomas.

    • To try answering your question, I assume you meant the Grade 4 of those old days for people who did not make their school certificates. If that is what you meant, somebody who went on to study further either privately or otherwise to become a lawyer or University Diploma having the G4, must have satisfied the prerequisite of admission stipulated by the institution that admitted him either by doing a pre-study course and exams which the institutions recognises as WASC equivalent or retaken WASC in between.
      Should one go through all these and then become a lawyer his certificate as a lawyer or University diploma basically supersedes the minimum WASC certificate requirement here.
      In this case nothing seems to supersede the minimum WASC requirement.

  21. the maxims of Equity states that ‘Equity follows the Law’ nd ‘ He that comes to Equity must come in clean hands’……. So what are we waiting for? the appropriate court with the absolute jurisdiction to preside over such case should stand its chance. The Law is no respecter of persons irrespective of ur positions nd title in the society……… Appropriate measure should be taken…

  22. If all above mentioned is true. Know that the almighty God has risen to vindicate his people from the clutches of the evil and deadly man call Mr President. Having known that no man is holy, my annoyance is since he knows he has a skeleton in his cupboard while acting up as if “na him holy pass” just ruling Nigeria as if it’s his kitchen cabinate. Dear God Pls intervene on this matter once and for all.

  23. President muhammed buhari is most corrupt nigeria leader in the history for following reasons (1) he never give account of $2.8b that missed in middland bank (uk) in 1979 when he was federal commisioner for petroleum (2)he never declare his asset in uk and western world (3)he fight opposition under pretence war against corruption when members of APC are very corrupt even some of his ministers (4)he probe GEJ campaign funds but never tells Nigerians’ how he got fund to financed his election (5)he does’t show any document to establish his eligibility (6)breach of social contract(he denied all his campaigned promises after he was swear-in (7)he divided nigeria into religion/ethnicity line(yoruba only silent till 2019) (8) he lead calum campaign against nigeria where he goes in the world,he destroy what he swore to protect(treason agaist nigeria) (9)he disobey court order (10)his government full of propaganda and deceit in this 21st century.we shall never trust buhari again

  24. Igbos can only come to media to rant and lament. Buhari still has 7 more years. We have tried those with cert and it didn’t work let’s try those without cert.
    we saw in the last administration where those with nice qualifications used them to sign out billions of dollars to Europe and America banks, and the law didn’t recognize that. Cert or no cert, what’s is most important now is a leader who is willing to serve Nigerian.
    Finally, certificateless Buhari will still win with a land slide in 2019, Igbos have a negligible and irrelevant vote to make anybody win or loose as they have always done. They can only take solace by their wild, incoherent and emotional complains in the printed media only. Nigerians didn’t not vote for cert this time around because cert have failed us several times. I don’t want to talk about the suit because it is not an issue in any way, it is meant to give hopeless Igbos faint hope that Buhari will leave power.

  25. Igbos can only come to media to rant and lament. Buhari still has 7 more years. We have tried those with cert and it didn’t work let’s try those without cert.
    we saw in the last administration where those with nice qualifications used them to sign out billions of dollars to Europe and America banks, and the law didn’t recognize that. Cert or no cert, what’s is most important now is a leader who is willing to serve Nigerian.
    Finally, certificateless Buhari will still win with a land slide in 2019, Igbos have a negligible and irrelevant vote to make anybody win or loose as they have always done. They can only take solace by their wild, incoherent and emotional complains in the printed media only. Nigerians didn’t not vote for cert this time around because cert have failed us several times. I don’t want to talk about the suit because it is not an issue in any way, it is meant to give hopeless Igbos faint hope that Buhari will leave this power

  26. Igbos sorry, Buhari will be there till 2023. your wild, incoherent and emotional comments on printed media cannot change him at all. Cry hell, Nigerians say we want him, cert or no cert. hahahahahahahaahha

  27. If other law makers àre been removed due to either forged certificate or not having the basic qualification to contest as president,he shouid be removed as president because it a disgrace to us as nigerians that our president does not have the basic qualification to contest an election required by our constitution.

  28. If other law makers àre been removed due to either forged certificate or not having the basic qualification to contest as president,he shouid be removed as president because it a disgrace to us as nigerians that our president does not have the basic qualification to contest an election required by our constitution.

  29. The ball is now in Mr. president’s court. We await his response 4 a true test of integrity .This is serious oo!
    . That said, now, how did u people at ‘Trent’ confirm the veracity of the story of this court ruling when other news media hv nt reported it? & pls cn u 4nish us with 4ther info abt d authenticity of d alleged online media that published the story?

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