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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

BREAKING: I’m far more qualified than Atiku, Buhari tells tribunal









   By Eric Patrick,






President Muhammadu Buhari has responded to allegations contained in the petition by the peoples democratic party (PDP) candidate for the February 23 presidential election Atiku Abubakar for the presidential election tribunal.


Buhari, in a response filed on April 16 by a team of lawyers led by Wole Olanipekun (SAN), put a lie to the claim by Atiku and the PDP that he was not qualified to stand for election to the office of the President.


The President said he was far more qualified than Atiku and challenged Atiku to produce his academic credentials before the tribunal.


THEWATCH NEWS reports that, he argued that it was Atiku Abubakar who was not qualified to contest for the office he is seeking occupy.


provide any false information in Form CF00] submitted to the lSt respondent, either in 2014 or 2018.


“The affidavit of compliance to the 2019 Form CF001 was correct in every material particular.


“In filling Form CF001 in 2014 and 2019, respondent was not oblivious of the constitutional qualifications stipulated in Section 131 of the Constitution and interpreted in Section 318 of the same Constitution.


“Petitioners themselves are also not oblivious of the fact that respondent possesses far more than the constitutional threshold expected for a candidate contesting for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


“The respondent avers that he is far more qualified, both constitutionally and educationally, to contest and occupy the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria than the 1st petitioner (Atiku); and that in terms of educational qualifications, trainings and courses attended, both within and outside Nigeria, he is head and shoulder above the 1st petitioner in terms of acquisition of knowledge, certificates, laurels, medals, and experience.


“Respondent states further that it is the 1st petitioner, who is not qualified to contest the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and challenges the educational credentials and certificates of the 1st petitioner.


“1st petitioner is hereby given notice to produce and tender his educational certificates, indicating the schools attended by him, with dates.”


The President gave his educational resume as: “Elementary School, Daura and Maid’adua (1948 – 1952), Middle School, Katsina (1953-1956, Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College, Katsina (1956-1961).”


the PDP and Atiku, noting that they are more about pre-election issues, which the Court of Appeal, sitting as a tribunal lacked jurisdiction.


He also argued that the petitioners told lies against themselves in the petition and made conflicting claims which the tribunal cannot grant.


For instance, Buhari noted that while the petitioners claimed to have won the last presidential election and also won elections in many states in the south-south and south-eastern part of the country, they also urged the court to nullify the election and order a fresh presidential election.


Burari argued that by virtue of Section of 137of the Electoral Act, petitioners cannot question the results of elections in states where they claim to have won and still retain themselves as petitioners.


Buhari faulted the petitioners’ claim that the election was marred by corrupt practices and substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

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