Director , Strategic Communications of President Buhari 2019 Presidential Campaign, Festus Keyamo (SAN) , has said that, based on the provisions of the Constitution , an aspirant does not need a WAEC certificate to become a president or governor in the country .
Taking to his verified Twitter handle @ fkeyamo on Monday , Keyamo had stated , “ 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 . ”
Keyamo had tweeted his responses at a television interview earlier held on Sunday.
While Keyamo appears to be answering back at the Peoples Democratic Party who had argued that Muhammadu Buhari didn’ t deserve to run for presidency on account of the controversies surrounding his WAEC certificate , the Buhari campaign spokesperson alluded to the 2018 Osun governorship election scenario .
In the Osun case , PDP’ s candidate in the election , Ademola Adeleke, was sued in separate instances by the opposition and also by members of his party concerning the status of his WAEC certificate .
Keyamo argues, “ Yes . 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 .
“ 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 .
He added that forgery occurs when the supposed author of a document denies ever making it or denies its authenticity.
Zeroing in on his principal’ s certificate imbroglio , Keyamo tweets , “ 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?
Taking a swipe at those who had criticised President Muhammadu Buhari ’ s WAEC status , the SAN warned that it was “extremely foolish ” for anybody who is not statutorily empowered to issue WAEC certificates to challenge the body that has the statutory power to issue certificates .
“Let me end my free lecture series 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