Four more Nigerians have gone to court to challenge the validity of the school certificate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari before an Abuja Magistrates’ Court. They alleged a fresh criminal suit of alleged perjury against him.
They are Shield Jones Ufot, Jimmy David, Ogueri Enwerem and Tochukwu Okorie who filed the direct criminal complaint through their lawyer, Ugochukwu Ezekiel at the court. They mentioned Buhari as the only defendant in the suit.
The complainants alleged that Buhari gave a false evidence to a public officer contrary to Section 157 of the Penal Code which is punishable under Section 158 of the Penal Code Law.
They identified themselves as Nigerian citizens, activists and social crusaders who are committed to ensuring obedience to the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with a duty to report crime and ensure prosecution of offenders. They also claimed they are tax payers and voters in Nigeria qualified to vote and be voted for in Nigeria.
The crux of their complaint against Buhari is that he, on December 18, 2014, filled and submitted INEC Form C.F 001 to the Independent National Electoral Commission (a public office) wherein Buhari gave his qualification to contest the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as West African School Certificate (WASC), which he claimed to have obtained in 1961.
They went on to allege that Buhari never sat for the West African Examination Council examination in 1961 as he claimed and that in the entire records of the school and WAEC, there appeared no name of the said Mohammadu Buhari.
The activists maintained that Buhari with an intent to mislead a public office in order to comply with the provisions of Section 31 of the Electoral Act, 2010, deposed to various affidavits in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja wherein he stated that he attended Provincial Secondary School, Katsina and obtained a West African School Certificate and that the certificates he claimed to have obtained are with the Nigerian Army. [myad]