The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate at the last presidential election, Atiku Abubakar have both told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) that the academic qualifications President Muhammadu Buhari claimed to possess were lies.
The PDP in response to President Buhari’s reply to the tribunal that he was more qualified than Atiku for the election. Atiku credentials has been displayed for all to see but the President has failed to display his credentials.
The PDP and Atiku were present at the PEPT to compel the incumbent President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, to direct the Army, where he once served, to make public his credentials.
They added: “In further response to Paragraph 381(iv) of the second respondent’s reply, aver that the petitioners have no knowledge of any certificates or alleged qualifications issued to the second respondent (Buhari), but contend that second respondent falsely represented that his certificates are in the custody of the Nigerian Army when the second respondent, by his own admission, is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“In further response to Paragraph 381(iv) of the second respondent’s reply, the petitioners aver that the second respondent as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria could easily order the Army Secretary to produce the certificates allegedly submitted, if they actually exist.
“Contrary to Paragraph 381 (i-iv) of the second respondent’s reply, the petitioners aver that the second respondent does not possess the educational qualification he claimed to have in his INEC Form CF001 submitted to the first respondent (INEC), having not been attached as required.
“In reply to Paragraph 383 of the second respondent’s reply, the petitioners aver that the first petitioner (Atiku) is eminently qualified to contest election for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and had indeed attached evidence of his educational qualifications to his INEC Form CF001 submitted to the first respondent, unlike the second respondent (Buhari) who did not attach evidence of the qualifications he claimed in his INEC Form CF001 because he does not possess them as he falsely claimed.”