The 2019 Presidential Campaign director, Strategic Communication of President Buhari, Festus Keyamo (SAN), said that an aspirant does not require WAEC certificate in becoming the country’s President or Governor in the country as stated in the constitution.
He took to his Twitter handle @fkeyamo on Monday, stating that there exist other levels of qualification that qualifies one to run for the office of the President, as long as one has served in a reasonable public office for some time as revived in the constitution. Due to the controversies surrounding the WAEC certificate of Muhammadu Buhari, PDP argued that he does not deserve to run for the office of the President
He pointed to the State of Osun 2018 governorship election, stating that the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke, was sued by the opposition party concerning the status of his WAEC certificate, also by his party members.
According to section 318 of the 1999 constitution defines ‘School certificates or its equivalent’ referring it to Primary 6 School Leaving Certificate including the ability to read, write and communicate in English language to INEC satisfaction. Therefore as stated in section 318 of the 1999 constitution, WAEC certificate is not needed in becoming Governor or President. A candidate can only be disqualified if a forged certificate is presented to INEC for any office.
He further added that a certificate is said to be forged if its authenticity is denied. In this case, President Muhammadu Buhari certificate was authenticated by WAEC but in the state of Osun scenario the certificate was denied.