The opposition Peoples Democratic Party has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to submit his West African Senior School Examination Certificate to electoral umpire, INEC, if he has nothing to hide.
The party was responding to Buhari’s media aide Garba Shehu, who had accused the opposition party of sowing division among Nigerians.
“This certificate story is an old one,” Shehu said in a statement on Monday. “As Femi Adesina stated clearly, it is a settled issue in the courts.”
But in his response, spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said that Buhari’s media aides should “do the needful by placing the certificate in public domain instead of confronting and threatening Nigerians for demanding that Mr. President shows his certificate.”
“If Mr. President has nothing to hide, he should end the confrontations by his presidency and show integrity by writing the military authorities to make public the said certificate,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.
“In failing to do so, Mr. President is opening himself to public opprobrium particularly as millions of Nigerian youths see such as grossly undesirable of a leader, expected to set examples.
“Moreover, President Buhari should know that Nigerians are aware that he is not the only retired military officer to aspire for elective office in the country and none of them brought the claims of their certificates being held by the military.
“We, therefore, hold that Mr. President must show Nigerians his claimed school certificate upon which his nomination as a candidate is based. If he does not have this credential, he should make such declaration and stop the nebulous claim that his credentials are with the military.”