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BREAKING: You Don’t Need WAEC Certificate To Be Governor/President — Keyamo


A Senior Advocate of Nigeria [SAN] & International Arbitrator, Director, Strategic Communications of President Buhari 2019 Presidential Campaign, Mr. Festus Keyamo has stated that a Nigerian does not need WAEC certificate in a bid to be governor or president.

Mr. Keyamo stated this on his Twitter handle on Monday.

Citing the Osun State scenario as case study, Keyamo said:

“By the definition of “School Certificate or its equivalent” in section 318 of the 1999 constitution, you don’t need a WAEC certificate to become President or Governor.

“But if you present a FORGED WAEC or other certificate to INEC for any office you will be disqualified.

“Forgery occurs when the supposed author of a document denies ever making it or denies its authenticity.”

On the issue surrounding forged or lack of certificate by President Muhammadu Buhari, he said:

“WAEC has confirmed the authenticity of PMB’s certificate by issuing an attestation of it. Case closed. In Osun Case Scenario WAEC has denied the authenticity. See the difference?”

Buhari receiving an attestation certificate after much controversy

In conclusion he ended by saying that “the crux of the matter is that if you don’t have a WAEC certificate, there’s no need to go ahead and forge one in a bid to be Governor or President.

“You can still be qualified, regardless. That’s the mistake made in Osun Case Scenario.”

In an earlier tweet on his handle, the Senior Advocate stated:

“Section 318 of the 1999 Constitution defines “School Certificate or its equivalent” to mean primary 6 School Leaving Certificate plus the ability to just speak, write, understand and communicate in English language to the satisfaction of INEC.

“No WAEC certificate is needed.

“There are other levels of qualifications to run for the office of  President.

“In fact, if you have occupied the public office for a  reasonable length of time, by the provisions of the constitution, you do not even need a WAEC certificate to become President of Nigeria,” he added.

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