No Certificate, No CTC, No Photocopy: Buhari Has No Business In Election —Atiku
By Paul Ibe
“No provisional certificate, no CTC of the certificates, no photocopy of certificates and in fact no electronic version of any of the certificates was presented by Buhari throughout the hearing of the petition to dispute claim of the petitioners.”
Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday adopted his final written address in which he pointedly told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal [PEPT] that Muhammadu Buhari resorted to the use of fundamental falsehood to secure clearance from the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] to participate in the February 23 poll and consequently should be disqualified.
In the address presented by lead counsel, Dr Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), Atiku drew the attention of PEPT to a portion of Buhari’s INEC form CF001 where he claimed to have 3 different certificates namely Primary School leaving certificate, WAEC certificate and Officers Cadet certificate.
He said it was shocking and surprising “No provisional certificate, no CTC of the certificates, no photocopy of certificates and in fact no electronic version of any of the certificates was presented by Buhari throughout the hearing of the petition to dispute claim of the petitioners.
“More worrisome is the fact that Buhari’s own witness Major General Paul Tafa Rtd, who joined the Nigerian Army with him in 1962 told the tribunal that they were never asked to submit their certificates to the Nigerian Army Board as claimed by Buhari in his form CF001.
“At any rate, the Secretary of the Nigerian Army Board, Olatunde Olaleye had in a statement clarified that Buhari had no single certificate in his personal file with the Nigerian Army”.
Atiku therefore urged the tribunal to nullify the participation of Buhari in the election on the grounds that Buhari gave false information on oath to deceive Nigerians and to secure unlawful qualification for the election.
He said the claim of Buhari that he can read and write in English as enough qualification for him was of no consequence because ordinary artisans on the streets of Nigeria can also do so, adding that a grave allegation bordering on certificates was not addressed by him as required by law.
Atiku also faulted the claim of INEC that it has no central server, adding that server is a storage facility including computer where database of registered voters, number of permanent voter card and election results, amongst others are stored for references.
He said the claim by INEC that it has no device like a server to store information, “is laughable, tragic and a story for the dogs” even as he debunked its claim that collation and transmission of results electronically was prohibited by law in Nigeria.
He asserted that by the Electoral Amendment Act of March 26, 2015, the use of electronics became law and was officially gazetted for the country, adding that Section 9 of the Act which made provision for electronic collation of results replaced Section 52 which hitherto prohibited the use of electronics and which INEC erroneously held that electronic results transmission is prohibited.
Consequently, he urged the tribunal to uphold his petition and nullify the participation of Buhari in the election on the grounds that he was not qualified to have stood for the election, in addition to malpractices that prompted his declaration as winner of the election.