The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has restated the need for former military Head of State and presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress, to bring his certificates for all to see.
The PDP made the call at a presidential campaign rally held in honour of President Goodluck Jonathan in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.
Former party chairman and Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Dr. Ahmadu Ali said: “Nigeria is working under Jonathan… Ekiti has more than 60 per cent of all the professors in Nigeria. You have no business voting for somebody whose schools certificates we have just been informed were not available.”
Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, who tendered his certificates at the rally had this to say: “Anybody who wants to be the president of this country must have the necessary qualification. The APC said I don’t have a certificate. They shouted and went to the Polytechnic of Ibadan, secondary and primary schools to get photocopies of the forms I submitted. The court told them they are liars and propagandists. Let General Buhari flaunt his certificate if he has got them.”
On the issue of corruption and terrorism, Governor Fayose said: “It is the responsibility of everybody to fight terrorism and corruption. It is easy to criticise, Jonathan has done his best.
“You are too gentlemanly for them. You are a President who will not hurt a fly. Your opponent use unorthodox means to do their things. They don’t obey the rules of the game. It is easy to criticise. When they criticise, I just laugh.
“They want to use Buhari as a siege. We are not going to allow any president to die on that throne anymore. I’m not against the North. The North deserves to rule this country, but they should wait for their time,”
Speaking on behalf of the PDP Governors, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State said: “Does the Presidential candidate of the APC have a secondary school certificate? They must answer. They can’t sweep it under the carpet. If a man says he would fight corruption, we must be sure of his personal integrity. If truly he does not have the certificate, did he swear to an affidavit that his certificate is with the military authorities?
“We want a president that is educated, with a caring heart, that is compassionate, that is cool even in the face of provocation. We want a president who can preside over elections that his party will lose and will congratulate the opposition.”
National Chairman of the PDP, Ahmadu Mu’azu took time to hail President Jonathan. He said of Mr. President: “Despite his humility, he has been able to do things only courageous people can do. If you vote him, you will see a lot more development.
“Your President is very educated. He is an enlightened President. It is due to the tolerance of Jonathan that today we don’t have any political leader that is in exile or in jail. It is because of freedom he has brought, that is why we have absolute free press freedom that even when they say something that is not true about him, none of them is in jail.”