President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to submit his academic credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, ahead of his bid to seek re-election in the 2019 presidential poll.
Buhari, a retired major general, instead told the national electoral body that his credentials are still with the military, The Punch reports.
INEC on Thursday pasted names of 70 out of 91 political parties fielding candidates for presidential elections in 2019, including Buhari.
A list of candidates made public on Thursday indicate that Buhari failed to attach necessary documents as requirement for his re-election bid. He rather insisted the documents are in custody of the military.
The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, attached an affidavit to support his claim.
“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,” the affidavit reads.
Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar submitted 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.
Atiku is Buhari’s major contender in the forthcoming election.
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