2019: Buhari Fails To Submit Academic Credentials To INEC
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to submit his academic credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of his bid to seek re-election in 2019, insisting that they were in the custody of the military.
INEC yesterday published names of 70 out of 91 political parties fielding candidates for presidential elections in 2019, including Mr Buhari.
The commission is expected to publish a full list of candidates of political parties today, October 26.
But a list of candidates, which was made available to newsmen on Thursday, showed that Mr Buhari failed to attach necessary documents as requirement for his re-election bid.
Instead, he insisted the documents are in custody of the military, The Punch reports.
He attached an affidavit to support his claim.
“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,” the affidavit reads.
Meanwhile, the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku submitted relevant documents, with a Diploma in Law in 1969 from the Ahmadu Bello University being his highest qualification.
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.