The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the Presidency may have procured a forged West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) Certificate Attestation and Confirmation for President Muhammadu Buhari is a huge smear on the nation’s integrity and the office of the President.
In a Statement signed on Sunday by the National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP lamented how the development has turned Nigeria into a laughing stock in the West African Sub-region and the entire global community, as President Muhammadu Buhari is now being mentioned as a beneficiary of a duplicitous act.
“Most appalling is that Mr. President’s handlers have succeeded in dragging a reputable institution as WAEC into public disrepute and opprobrium, as Nigerians are quick to demonstrate marks of forgery in the attestation issued by the examination body.” PDP said.
A new revelation by checkers on the purported Certificate which was presented by an official of the WAEC, Mr. Uyi Uwadiae shows that the attestation has no “Original Certificate Number”, the key authentication feature in all genuine attestations by WAEC, instead, a “non-applicable” is entered, indicating that the beneficiary (Buhari) does not have a certificate to be attested to, thus rendering the said attestation unauthenticated, fake and of no effect.
Secondly, there was no Senior School Certificate Examination in 1961 as it was established only in the late 1980s.
In 2015, the WAEC had confirmed that it did not have records of the President Buhari’s certificate, but sent an official to present the President with an attestation, that has no original certificate number in 2018.
The PDP added “Moreover, by WAEC rules, attestations are only issued in the case of missing or destroyed certificate. Why then should the exam body issue an attestation to President Buhari, whose certificate, he claimed are with the military and not missing or destroyed?
“If not intended to circumvent the system and deceive Nigerians, why did President Buhari’s handlers chose to write to WAEC to issue an attestation when he, as the Commander-in-Chief, has the powers to direct the military to make available his credentials for all to see.
“What the unauthenticated attestation has shown is that Mr. President does not have a WAEC certificate; we urge his handlers to humbly so admit and apologize to the nation, having exhausted all gimmicks to mislead Nigerians.
“The Buhari Presidency should know that there is no way the truth can be suppressed. In fact, the current disagreement between the Presidency and WAEC over who initiated the attestation deal is also very revealing.
Finally, while the PDP urges WAEC to redeem its image by handing over all its officials involved in the deal to the INTERPOL for investigation and prosecution, it also calls on the Nigeria Police to immediately invite Mr. President’s handlers for questioning over this huge national embarrassment.”