Director, Strategic Communications of President Buhari’s 2019 Presidential Campaign, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has said that, based on the provisions of the Constitution, an aspirant does not need a WAEC certificate to become a president or governor in the country.
Taking to his verified Twitter handle @fkeyamo on Monday, Keyamo had stated,
“There are other levels of qualifications to run for the office of president. In fact, if you have occupied the public office for a reasonable length of time, by the provisions of the Constitution, you do not even need a WAEC certificate to become president of Nigeria.”
Keyamo had tweeted his responses at a television interview earlier held on Sunday.
While Keyamo appears to be answering back at the Peoples Democratic Party who had argued that Muhammadu Buhari didn’t deserve to run for presidency on account of the controversies surrounding his WAEC certificate, the Buhari campaign spokesperson alluded to the 2018 Osun governorship election scenario.
In the Osun case, PDP’s candidate in the election, Ademola Adeleke, was sued in separate instances by the opposition and also by members of his party concerning the status of his WAEC certificate.
“Yes. Section 318 of the 1999 Constitution defines ‘School Certificate or its equivalent’ to mean Primary 6 School Leaving Certificate plus the ability to just speak, write, understand and communicate in the English language to the satisfaction of INEC. No WAEC certificate is needed.
“By the definition of ‘School Certificate or its equivalent’ in Section 318 of the 1999 Constitution, you don’t need a WAEC certificate to become President or Governor, but if you present a FORGED WAEC or other certificates to INEC for any office you will be disqualified. #OsunStateScenario.”
He added that forgery occurs when the supposed author of a document denies ever making it or denies its authenticity.
Zeroing in on his principal’s certificate imbroglio, Keyamo tweets, “WAEC has confirmed the authenticity of PMB’s certificate by issuing an attestation of it. Case closed.
“In Osun’s case scenario, WAEC has denied the authenticity. See the difference?
Taking a swipe at those who had criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s WAEC status, the SAN warned that it was “extremely foolish” for anybody who is not statutorily empowered to issue WAEC certificates to challenge the body that has the statutory power to issue certificates.
“Let me end my free lecture series by saying that the crux of the matter is that if you don’t have a WAEC certificate, there’s no need to go ahead and forge one in a bid to be governor or president.
You can still be qualified, regardless. That’s the mistake made in Osun case scenario,”
Network failure leaves Buhari embarrassed at UN event (Photos)
Poor network connection on Thursday prevented Nigeria’s President, Maj.Gen. (Retd.) Muhammadu Buhari, from addressing a United Nations virtual meeting.
Themed on finance for development, the meeting was convened by at the instance of the UN Secretary General, António Guterres.
Buhari’s connection from Abuja had hitches right from the start as he went on and off for seconds before the video connection went off completely, a report by PUNCH said.
He briefly highlighted the impact of COVID -19 on African countries and how the situation was making it difficult for Nigeria to fund the 2020 budget before he was disconnected by poor network connection completely.
The organisers quickly called on the Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-o-cha, to make his own presentation.
Makinde to roll out first set of Digitized CofOs to mark one year in office
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde will on Monday, June 1st 2020 distribute the first set of digitized Certificate of Occupancy to successful applicants under the Oyo State Home Owners Charter (OYHOC) scheme.
This land title document Made Easy Initiative is in line with the Engineer Seyi Makinde led administration’s promise to speed up the process of getting land title documents at an affordable cost and also within 60 days.
These title documents include Certificate of Occupancy, Deed of Assignment, Deed of Sublease and Deed of Mortgage Consents.
A release issued by the Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Barrister Abiodun Abdu-Raheem said the event which will take place at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan is part of activities commemorating the One year in office of the present administration.
He further explained that the programme which will hold at 12.00 noon would be done with strict adherence to COVID 19 safety measures which will, therefore, limit the number of applicants that will be invited for the symbolic presentation.
Barrister Abdu-Raheem also called on eligible property owners without title or approved documents to take advantage of the window of opportunity.
He encouraged people with outstanding applications to visit Room 4 of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, State Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan to find out the status of their applications with a view to ensuring they get their title document as this administration is determined to provide title documents within 60 days of application.
Applicants can also call 0700 696 52637 (0700 OYO LANDS) or send email to [email protected] to make any enquiries.
You must visit the people of Bakassi to honor your words, Ayade tells Buhari
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has Sent President, Major General Buhari a memo over his 2015 promise to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bakassi.
Part of Governor Ayade’s memo reads:
‘‘Mr President let’s remind you that you won elections on the basis of self Integrity and that your integrity is out to question on the issue of Bakassi. Mr President it is on record that we have IDPs in Bakassi long before we have IDPS in other parts of the country. Mr President we know you as a man of good conscience. The people of Bakassi have not had a fair share of the treatment meted on other IDPs….”
“Earlier today we handed over a housing estate to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bakassi Local Government Area
“My first tears for the people of Bakassi was when I was a senator on the floor of the Nigerian Senate which prompted me to push for a bill which went through second reading and fourth for the establishment of social housing and provision of housing as a right. Section 14 Subsection 2 of our constitution provides for the welfare and security of your citizens as the primary purpose of Government.
“Today I felt a sense of fulfilment having been there to see my son, my aunty, my mother and father living in a clustered accomodation in a primary school with mosquitoes feasting on them with no place to farm no place to lay their head, but today by the grace of God, by the instrumentality of the holy ghost we’re there to celebrate the plethora of opportunities where people will be living in a world class estate.
“Today is not just about the joy to the people of Bakassi it is the supremacy of the governance of a sensitive people over the failure of the federal government to be responsible for the pain of the people of Bakassi.
“The ceding of Bakassi did not follow any legal authority. It is inconsistent with the provisions of our constitution because the Constitution is very clear that for you to cede any territory of Nigeria you must have a proper plebiscite, you must have the domestication of such ceding and ratified by the national assembly.until you do so whatever you have done is null and void By resettling the returnees in decent houses, their misery has come to an end.
This is the first social housing in Africa in absolute terms where the ownership is in perpetuity where the property is theirs to keep forever.
“We will continue to expand it, it is not enough to provide them housing because this is not a shelter, this is housing it has amenities it has power, it has water it has all the utilities you will need, it has solar lighting, it has the generator and the 3rd grid which is the national grid. We have acquired boats which are by the waterside to enable them do fishing for those who can fish.
“We have also made provisions for a take-off grant of 50 million Naira to support all those who live at the estate and want to start small businesses. And the good news is that I have no elections to run so you can see clearly this is not politics, it is from my heart. I call on the people of Bakassi to be strong because their kids will grow to become leaders someday and when they grow they will do much more than I have done for them today. I encourage them not to despair because God is watching and he has seen the injustice meted on the people of Bakassi and Cross River State.
“Let me pass a direct message to the president of the country. As president of Nigeria you were here in 2015 and you promised the people of Cross River during your campaign that you will revisit and review the issue of the Bakassi people. Mr President let’s remind you that you have not reviewed and you have not visited the issue of Bakassi.
“Mr President let’s remind you that you won elections on the basis of self Integrity and that your integrity is out to question on the issue of Bakassi. Mr President, it is on record that we have IDPs in Bakassi long before we have IDPs in other parts of the country. Mr President, we know you as a man of good conscience. The people of Bakassi have not had a fair share of the treatment meted on other IDPs. The federal government must recognize that the ceding of Bakassi that led to the loss of our oil wells is illegality and on the basis of that, the loss of revenue, therefore, is also illegal.
“Mr President must come here and see the living conditions of these people since 2002, you must visit the people of Bakassi in order to honour your words in 2015. Mr President, you owe them a duty because they are citizens that God has put under your stewardship.”
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