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Nigerians don’t need WAEC certificate to become president – APC

The spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, said an aspirant does not need to have a West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate to become a president or governor in the country.

Mr Keyamo disclosed this in a tweet posted on his verified Twitter handle, @fkeyamo on Monday.

According to him, ”one does not need a WAEC certificate to become a president as long as the person has occupied a public office for a reasonable length of time”.

”There are other levels of qualifications to run for the office of President. 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,” Mr Keyamo said.

One of the hurdles President Muhammadu Buhari had to surmount during his campaign for a second term was the allegation that he did not possess a WAEC certificate.

The matter was later ‘laid to rest’ when officials of the examination body eventually came to the presidential villa to ‘present’ an attestation that he (Buhari) indeed sat for the examination.

Mr Buhari will be commencing his second term from May 29.

Keyamo’s defence

The lawyer also gave the constitutional requirements that makes one eligible to become a president in the country.

He said, the 1999 Constitution (amended) only requires a primary 6 School Leaving Certificate for one to become a president.

He said the ability to communicate in the English Language is also required by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

”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 & forge one in a bid to be Governor or President. You can still be qualified, regardless. That’s the mistake made in #OsunCaseScenario,” he said.

– Premium Times
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