PDP Is Behind Dasuki’s Call For Election Postponement – Keyamo

KeyamoNigerian Lawyer, Festus Keyamo, says the ruling party is responsible for the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki’s suggestion that the February general elections be postponed.

Speaking on Channels Television, he said that it was cynical for a high ranking government official to make such suggestion when the elections were already close and the momentum was already in favour of the opposition candidate.

“The clear picture that is emerging is that the ruling party is afraid of defeat on February 14 and then the government uses its National Security Adviser to go and fly the kite first of all in London because they need to get the support of the international community for them to shift that date.

“Nobody can tell me really that a National Security Adviser would travel out of the country, make such a profound suggestion that can affect adversely the peace and tranquillity of even the electoral process without getting the approval of the President,” he said.

He alleged that the major reason the suggestion was made was to help the Peoples Democratic Party to buy more time to “do damage” to the chances of the APC Presidential Candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.

He noted that the Peoples Democratic Party had always been worried by the credibility of the retired General and this has been the reason there had been several attempts to demonise and challenge his eligibility for the office.

“They think that the momentum is behind him and they need more time to re-strategise on how to manipulate the processes and to damage his credibility,” he said.

He, however, expressed satisfaction in the statement made by the Chairman of the INEC, Attahiru Jega.

The INEC boss had said earlier in the week that the commission had no intention to postpone the elections and Keyamo said that this was heart-warming as it showed there was no synergy between INEC and the PDP.

He also corroborated the INEC Chairman’s claim that the commission was not to blame for the slow distribution of the PVCs as the people’s failure to collect their cards should not be a reason to postpone the elections.

Keyamo also said that the decision of the PDP not to react to the suggestion or condemn it just as the APC had done, validates his claim that they knew about it.

Buhari Certificate

Speaking on one of the issues which he said were being thrown at the APC candidate to discredit him, he said that making a case out of the educational qualification of the former Head of State was “complete rubbish”.

He referred to it as a “storm in a teacup” created to distract him and break the momentum being gathered by his popularity.

He noted that the Supreme Court had settled the matter in two different cases as he emphasized the view that the candidate only needed to be educated to the Primary 6 level and not necessarily to pass the examinations.

He added that an Army General who had attended many international courses, some of which have been rated to be equivalent to Masters Degrees, cannot be disqualified but rather seen as over qualified.

Insurgency

Keyamo, however, said that the failure of the current administration to address the critical issues of corruption, security and economy were of more importance to him than trying to help defend the authenticity of General Buhari’s academic credentials.

Keyamo expressed disgust at the growth of insurgency in the north-east region of the country. He said that the President should have been able to “deal with the situation” rather than provide reasons why the insurgency existed.

He insisted that the President should be blamed for the insurgency in Nigeria.

While admitting that terrorism was indeed a scourge in several developed countries, he noted that in no nation have the insurgents been able to take over any territory because their governments dealt with it decisively.

Mr Keyamo also provided his recommendations on how to get the 2015 general elections right.

He said that Nigerians need to shun violence and the President must make a commitment that the votes of the citizens would count.

He added that the President should not allow the rise of the “Mafias”.

PDP Alleges Forgery of Buhari Certificate

Buhari certificateThe PDP presidential campaign office says the documents said to have been released by the Government College Katsina as the results of the APC presidential candidate, are forged, manipulated and fraudulently procured.

The Director of Media for the Campaign Organization, Femi Fani-Kayode, said that instead of providing conclusive proof that he possesses the required qualification, he has only stumbled into a new phase in the matter.

Using an enlarged printout of the documents, the Director of Media showed what he said were clear indications of alterations and cancellations that questions the authenticity of the documents.

He said that the police and other security agencies should seek out the authors and masterminds of the forgery and prosecute them in accordance with the law.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, had on Wednesday, spoken to journalists about the controversy surrounding his primary and secondary school qualification.

While insisting that he attended the Provincial Secondary School, now known as Government College, Katsina, he named late Gen Shehu Musa Yar’adua and a former President of the Court of Appeal, Mr Umar Abdullahi, as his classmates.

Buhari Credentials: Army Attempting To Destroy Military System – APC

Muhamadu_Buhari_APC_Presidential_CandidateThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the controversy over its presidential candidate’s credentials and the response by the army as an attempt to destroy the military system.

The spokesperson of the party, Mr Lai Mohammed, in a press statement on Wednesday said the whole controversy was a dangerous game to compromise the military in order to satisfy selfish political objectives.

He then urged the military, which he said was a symbol of national unity, to beware of those who may be seeking to use it to achieve selfish goals.

The party, however, accused Brigadier general Olajide Olaoye of recanting on his words in an interview with a newspaper organisation on January 4 on the same issue, saying every serving and retired Army officer has at least a copy of his certificates and credentials kept in the Nigerian Army.

“Even if the Army now says it does not have the certificates of General Buhari, he is still very qualified to run for the country’s highest office, as stipulated by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Mr Mohammed said.

The party stressed that since Brig. General Olaleye had confirmed that General Buhari indeed applied to join the Army from form six, that the principal of the school he attended even attested to his suitability, and that the form he filled contained his Secondary School Certificate results, there is no scintilla of doubt about his qualification to run for president as stipulated by the Constitution.

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Buhari Certificate: Army Deny Possession Of WASC

BuhariThe Nigerian Army has stated its side of the story following an affidavit sworn by General Buhari that all his academic credentials are with the Secretary, Military Board.

This statement came as the saga surrounding the academic qualification of the presidential flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammed Buhari (Rtd), continues.

According to the Nigerian Army, besides other qualifications obtained by the General while in service, it was not in possession of his West African School Certificate.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Olajide Laleye, who said the army has been inundated with request for the General’s credentials, added that it was only in possession of a letter from the Principal of the Provincial Secondary School, Kastina, recommending Buhari as fit for military commissioning in 1960.

He said that the Army also have in its possessions Nigerian Army Form 199A where the General indicated after commissioning that he obtained credits in four subjects and a pass in another. However, it is not in possession of a certificate to prove same.

In the document passed around to journalists for sighting, the letter reads in part; “I recommend him fit for military commissioning, I consider that he will pass the WASC examination in English, Math and three other subjects.”

Buhari Responds To Certificate Controversy, Tags Allegation Desperate

BuhariThe All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, has broken his silence on the debate over his credentials.

Since the PDP raised alarm over the Buhari certificate issue, a rights’ group, the Integrity and Justice Initiative at a press conference have also challenged the candidate and INEC over the matter, alleging that the retired General had been silent over the matter.

“General Buhari as things stand, does not qualify to stand as a candidate for the February 14 presidential election, as he has failed to show proof that he has been educated up to school certificate level.

“Whilst his standing as a former military Head of State is not in doubt, we posit that as a nation governed by laws, any individual wishing to be President of Nigeria in this democratic dispensation must comply fully with the provisions of the 1999 constitution,” the group said.

General Buhari, however, spoke to Channels Television on the issue.

“I have contested elections three times and that’s the same rule by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) where there is basic education qualification that you have and I was allowed to contest all these election because my certificate was in order.

“There are even individuals that wrote to the United States War College and the College answered them and its published in some of your papers .

“Really, this desperation of disinformation that is being passed around will do nobody any good because our minds are being taken away from the serial issues of corruption and incompetence by the PDP.”

Selective Application Of Law Causing Nigeria’s Challenges – Lawyer

Kenneth_OdidikaA Nigerian lawyer has attributed some challenges that the nation is facing to selective application of the rule of law.

Giving his opinion on Tuesday on the controversy surrounding the claims that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, is not qualified to contest in the February 14 election, Mr Kenneth Odidika, said that the ‘big man syndrome’ had led to the likely refusal of General Buhari to submit his credentials.

“We do not stick to rules in Nigeria and that is what is happening as regards the certificate controversy.

“We have a constitution and other laws with the constitution being supreme.

“The constitution has specified the needed qualification from every political party’s candidate but the APC has refused to give the leaving school certificate of his presidential candidate to the electoral body,” he said.

The certificate controversy had peaked when a spokesman of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign team, Femi fani-Kayode, insisted that General Buhari was not qualified to contest, demanding that the APC’s presidential candidates should present his credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The APC had, in response, insisted that its candidate had the certificate, describing the fani-Kayode’s claims as ‘preposterous’ and capable of destroying the image of the Nigerian Army.

‘Big man syndrome’

But Mr Odidika said that the refusal to submit the certificate was outright disobedience.

“Selective application of the law is what Nigeria is facing. Big men refuse to subject themselves to the law.

“Big man syndrome is what Nigeria is suffering from.”

He also insisted that the INEC was culpable, accepting the forms without the certificate attached as stipulated by the law.

“They are supposed to submit the personal particulars of the person before they publish his name.

“If he had the certifications, he should have submitted them,” he said.

On Monday, General Buhari urged party members not to be involved in any violent act before, during or after the elections, a comment that was highly seen as necessary.

But Mr Odidika said the comment came a bit late and that an initial statement that the APC would run a parallel government if the election was rigged was insightful.

“What we say before something happens could be different and could contribute to why what will happen will happen.

“There have been statements from APC suggesting the necessity for violence.

“They said that if the election was rigged, they would form a parallel government. How do you determine if an election is rigged without going to the court. What that means is that once they lose, they will take to the streets to install a parallel government.

“Anything the candidates say means a lot to their supporters.

“Thank God Buhari said what he said. The Peoples Democratic Party and the APC must ensure that their members stick to the rule of the game,” the lawyer stressed.

On the challenges that the INEC had witnessed in the distribution of the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) that the electoral body had insisted voters would only vote with, Mr Odidika said that there was the need for the INEC to consider allowing persons with the old temporal card to vote in areas where they had challenges issuing out the PVC.