Festus Keyamo, the spokesman for the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign Council has shocked Nigerians by suggesting that the president should have never bothered presenting his WAEC Certificate as that was not required in the first place
He however, contradicted himself when he tried to draw a comparison between Senator Isiaka Adeleke’s WAEC issue and that of President Muhammadu Buhari.
However, shedding more light on the issue in a series of tweets on Monday morning, Kayamo pointed out that the WAEC board had confirmed that President Buhari sat and obtained his certificate while Senator Adeleke’s was allegedly forged.
The senior lawyer said that in the case of Adeleke, WAEC has denied authenticity.
Keyamo, on his Twitter page, wrote: “By the definition of “School Certificate or its equivalent” in section 318 of the 1999 const. you don’t need a WAEC certificate to become President or Governor, but if you present a FORGED WAEC or other certificates to INEC for any office you will be disqualified.”
Nigerians have responded to Festus Keyamo’s (SAN) statement that anyone running as president or governor in Nigeria does not need a WAEC certificate.
Keyamo had argued, “Yes. Section 318 of the 1999 Constitution defines ‘School Certificate or its equivalent’ to mean Primary 6 School Leaving Certificate plus the ability to just speak, write, understand and communicate in English language to the satisfaction of INEC. No WAEC certificate is needed.”
Meanwhile, the statement has set Twitter agog, as it has so far become a trending topic, with 4,622 tweets as of the time of collating these reactions.
See some of the responses:
@renoomokri: @OfficialAPCNg took Senator Adeleke to Court, alleging that he had no certificate, now a shameless Festus (Stephanie Otobo) @FKeyamo is arguing that @MBuhari DOES NOT need a WAEC certificate to be President. It’s like saying you need a certificate to be gateman but not to be MD!
@chosensomto: When Buhari hires 13 SANS to defend his WAEC certificate, I knew he didn’t sit for the exam.
@MuhammadBello49: He quoted the Constitution, you should attack the Constitution rather than ad hominem. We didn’t see this same enthusiasm from you with respect to Adeleke forged waec certificate.
@delaw: Festus Keyamo that worked under the great Gani Fawehinmi and should have learnt a thing or two about honesty and the bond in the words of his mouth is saying you don’t need waec to become President?
@mrboboskie: Now that WAEC isn’t even needed to contest for any post in my country, it’s safe to say the ones in schools are not the leaders of tomorrow.
@ebubec1: What about your good friend Obono Obla, WAEC denied authenticity of his certificate, yet you are still hobnobbing with him. Kemp Adeosun, you allowed her escape to UK.
@AOlaosebikan: If you carry out analysis of some cooperations, some senior officer will not qualify in modern reality but are allowed such position because of experience and capacity developed over the years. You do not need WAEC to be elected officer. Pry school with 10yrs public service is ok.
@Menschinfotech: Now that we have confirmed Buhari doesn’t her waec certificate … Can they now charge him for forgery and misleading the public with fake results.
@MrPa_Johnson: If it is “common WAEC CERTIFICATE” why is senator Adeleke in court?.
@NdMajestic: Yet APC claimed Sen Adeleke did not sit for waec himself and is not qualified to run for gubernatorial elections.