The presidential candidate of Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) Hamza Al-Mustapha, did not his academic credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of 2019 general elections.
Concise News reports that all the aspirants seeking elective positions in the country ought to submit certain documents, including their academic credentials, to the commission.
In his particulars submitted to the electoral umpire, the retired major said the military has “refused” to release his academic certificates, despite court orders asking them to do so.
His words: “I was a victim of persecution for 15 years over deliberate trump of charges. I was, however, exonerated and freed of the wanton charges vide court of appeal ruling on 12 July 2013.
“My entire personal documents including my certificates and awards were taken by the then government in 1998.
“Formal complaints were registered before high court of Lagos (2000 – 2001) and federal high court, Lagos division, (2004 – 2007) but government refused to obey court orders till today.
“However, Nigeria army (my employer – 1983 – 2013) is in custody of the certificates this application is asking of.”
Al-Mustapha, however, indicated that he attended Hausari Primary School, from 1967 to 1974; Government Secondary School, Nguru, YBS, from 1974 to 1979; and Nigeria Defence Academy, from 1980 to 1983.
He was the chief security officer to Sani Abacha, late military dictator. He was accused of ordering the death of Kudirat, wife of MKO Abiola, self-acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993, election.