President Buhari informed the Independent National Electoral Commission that his credentials are with the Nigerian Military where he served until he retired in 1985.
Before the 2015 general elections, the certificates of President Buhari made news headline when he informed the electoral commission that his certificate was not in his possession.
As the 2019 election draws near, over 70 presidential candidates have been listed by INEC and they are all to present their certificates. According to Punch as at yesterday October 25th, President Buhari instead of his certificates, have sworn an affidavit informing the body that he does not have his certificate as they are still with the Nigerian military. The affidavit reads
“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.”
Meanwhile, the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has submitted all 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.
Over 70 Presidential candidates have been listed by INEC to contest in the February 14th 2019 election.