Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has advised those who are raising eyebrow over President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to submit his academic credentials to the electoral body, to go to court.
Reacting to the critics today, Friday, the chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, said that there is still room for legal redress if anyone who is in doubt of claims by candidates in the 2019 elections.
“Any person with reasonable ground to believe that any information on form CF001 submitted by a candidate contains incorrect or false claims is at liberty to file an action against such candidate at the federal high court or the high court of a state or FCT,” Mr Yakubu said while addressing a press conference.
“While the current exercise is limited to candidates for presidential and national assembly elections, the personal particulars of those contesting in governorship and state assemblies elections will be published on November 9, 2018, one week after the close of submission of nominations by political parties.”
Buhari, who is seeking for a second term in office had attached an affidavit, insisting that the Nigerian Army,f which he served and retired as a major general, are in the possession of his academic credentials.
A similar scenario played out during the 2015 presidential election but many viewed it as an attempt to frustrate Buhari who was a major contender in the election.
When a legal suit was slammed on Buhari, who was then a presidential candidate, compelling him to produce his certificates, the president hired over a dozen of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) to defend his claims. He contested the election and came victorious. Those who initiated the legal redress withdrew their case.