As far as education is concerned, President Muhammadu Buhari claimed that he is more qualified than the Presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar of the Presidential election of February 23rd.

This statement was made due to the accusation filed by the PDP and Atiku challenging his victory during the election. Atiku accused Buhari of been academically qualified as he lacks the minimum School certificate qualification to contest for the presidential election.

In this regard, Buhari has challenged Atiku to produce his educational certificates with dates indicating the schools attended through a response filed by his team of Lawyers led by Wole Olanipekun.

In the acquisition of knowledge, laurels, certificate, experience and medals, Buhari claimed he “was way above” the former vice president, Atiku.

“He (Buhari) did not, at any time, provide any false information in the Form CF001 submitted to the 1st respondent, either in 2014 or 2018,” he said.

“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.”


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