The Presidency has said those criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari’s inability to submit his West African Examinations Council (Waec) certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are idle people.
Buhari did not submit his Waec certificate to the electoral body as part of requirements for the 2019 election.
He then swore an affidavit that his credentials are still with the Nigerian Army where he was an officer until his retirement in 1985.
And the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have challenged Buhari to present his certificate ahead of the elections next year.
Speaking on the issue, Buhari’s media aide Femi Adesina described the PDP as having run out of ideas ahead of the polls.
“The certificate saga is a dead issue, only idle people will consider it. It is something that had been laid to rest before the 2015 general elections,” Adesina told The Nation.
“Those raising the issue (PDP and others) are idle and they have run out of ideas. They see defeat staring them in the face and they are desperate to cling to any straw.
“This issue was resolved before the 2015 election.
“It is a matter of fact that when President Buhari and others joined the military, they took their original certificates from them.”
According to him, “The military knew where they kept the original certificates of the President.
“In fact, a former Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Alani Akinrinade corroborated that the military collected the original certificates of all its officers.
“PDP believes it is going to lose the elections, and they will lose, and it is raising dust over a dead issue.
“The military already said they lost the certificates. But does it mean that it did not exist that the President went to school, sat for examinations and passed; attended military courses and War College.
“It does not change the fact that the President rose through the ranks to become a Major-General in the Nigerian Army and a Military Head of State.
“Didn’t those opposed to President Buhari go to court over his certificate and lost before? They will still lose this time around. It is a dead issue.”