Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Election Tribunal: Buhari's Cambridge certificate has typographical error, WAEC official testifies

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday opened his defence at the election tribunal against the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

A Deputy Registrar of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Henry Adewunmi, on Wednesday testified on behalf of Buhari before the tribunal in Abuja.

He said President Buhari obtained a Cambridge University West African Examination certificate.

Adewunmi, a witness called to the stand by Buhari’s counsel, Wole Olanipekun, said this while being cross-examined by counsel of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Livy Uzokwu, on Wednesday.

The former WAEC official, however, noted that the Cambridge certificate presented to the tribunal has a typographical error.

Adewunmi told the tribunal that the name on Buhari’s assessment statement was “Mohamed” Buhari, rather than Muhammadu Buhari.

The witness, however, said the statement cannot be regarded as a certificate because it is “only a foundation for the award of certificate and not a certificate.”

“The document is the foundation for issuing a certificate. It is not a certificate,” Adewunmi said.

Adewunmi said although the Cambridge certificate has six subjects, the president sat for eight in 1961, and emerged successful in five.

According to the witness, the subjects passed by Buhari are Oral English, C 5; History, A3; Geography, C6; Hausa, C5; and Health Science, C6

Buhari wrote the exams with 17 others and had an aggregate of 32, the witness said.

According to him, Buhari was listed as number two in the order of those who took the exams.

His testimony was corroborated by the next witness, Mohammed Abba, who also said the assessment statement is not a certificate.

Buhari’s academic qualification is one of the grounds on which the PDP is demanding the nullification of the president’s electoral victory.

The PDP alleged that Buhari did not qualify to participate in the elections, citing the alleged failure of the president to provide his secondary school leaving certificate.

But Buhari’s lawyers have insisted that the president was well educated and had always proven his education in his speeches presented in the English language.

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