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Again Buhari fails to submit certificate to Inec, Atiku submits law diploma

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President Muhammadu Buhari has told the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC that his credentials are still with the military.

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, Buhari again failed to attach necessary supporting documents, insisting that they were in the custody of the military.

This comes as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday met with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

In the affidavit which he swore to, Buhari said;

“I am the above named person and the deponent of this affidavit herein. All my academic qualification documents as filled in my Presidential form, APC/001/2015 are currently with the Secretary of the Military Board as of the time of this affidavit.”

Major rival in the upcoming poll, Atiku Abubakar on his part, submitted all relevant documents, with a Diploma in Law in 1969 from the Ahmadu Bello University being his highest qualification.

PDP presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

The former Vice-President also attached tax returns indicating that he had paid N10.8m in tax from 2015 to 2017 while declaring his income within the period as N60.2m.

Over 70 out of the 91 political parties are presenting presidential candidates that will participate in the 2019 Presidential elections.

The meeting between the INEC chhef and Kyari was held behind closed doors inside Kyari’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting lasted about 30 minutes.

The agenda of the meeting was not made public.

Yakubu did not speak with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting. The Presidency also has yet to issue a statement on the meeting as of the time of filing this report.

The meeting was however held barely 24 hours after the electoral commission published the names of presidential candidates contesting the 2019 election and their details.

Meanwhile, the chairman of INEC said there is room for legal action if anyone is in doubt of claims by candidates in the 2019 elections.

Speaking specifically about the personal particulars provided by the candidates, Yakubu said anyone suspecting false claims has the right to file legal action against such candidate.

Addressing a press conference at the commission headquarters on Friday, Yakubu said any doubt on the forms submitted by the candidates regarding their personal particulars can be challenged in court.

“Any person with reasonable ground to believe that any information on form CF001 submitted by a candidate contains incorrect or false claims is at liberty to file an action against such candidate at the federal high court or the high court of a state or FCT,” he said.

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