Monday, 15 April 2019

No WAEC: With Primary 6 School Certificate, you can be President of Nigeria, Keyamo says

Festus Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says a presidential or governorship candidate does not need to have the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) certificate to contest an elective position.

Keyamo, who was the spokesman of the APC presidential campaign, said what is required is Primary 6 School Leaving Certificate.




Several politicians have been caught in certificate scandal including Senator Ademola Adeleke, governorship candidate of PDP in Osun state..

There is also controversy involving President Muhammadu Buhari WAEC certificate.

Keyamo was reacting to the certificate scandal of Ademola Adeleke, governorship candidate of PDP in Osun state.

Several politicians have been caught in certificate scandal. There was a controversy involving President Muhammadu Buhari certificate shortly before the 2019 elections.

Chapter VI, Part I, Section 131 of the constitution states that a person may be qualified for election of the office of  a Governor and the President if:
(a) he is a citizen of Nigeria by birth;
(b) he has attained the age of thirty-five years;
(c) he is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party; and
(d) he has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.”

Keyamo, however, argued on his Twitter handle that school certificate in the context demanded by the constitution is “primary 6 School Leaving Certificate plus the ability to just speak, write, understand and communicate in English language to the satisfaction of INEC. No WAEC certificate is needed”.

“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 English language to the satisfaction of INEC. No WAEC certificate is needed,” Keyamo wrote.

“By the definition of “School Certificate or its equivalent” in section 318 of the 1999 const. u don’t need a WAEC certificate to become President or Governor, but if you present a FORGED WAEC or other certificate to INEC for any office you will be disqualified. #OsunStateScenario

“Forgery occurs when the supposed author of a document denies ever making it or denies its authenticity. WAEC has confirmed the authenticity of PMB’s certificate by issuing an attestation of it. Case closed. In #OsunCaseScenario WAEC has denied the authenticity. See d difference?

“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 & forge one in a bid to be Governor or President. You can still be qualified, regardless. That’s the mistake made in #OsunCaseScenario.”






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