The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation alleged on Thursday that the school certificate presented by the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), was forged. The Director of Media and Publicity of the organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, made the allegation at a press conference in Abuja. He, however, added that the organisation had yet to contact the school that issued the certificate to either confirm or deny its authenticity. But when one of our correspondents spoke with the school Principal, Mr. Isyaku Bello on the telephone, he said the certificate he signed was genuine. The principal said, “If they are doubting the result, then they should come and see the authentic copy and not the photocopy sent to us by the Cambridge West Africa School. “We are here waiting for anybody doubting what we have sent out. We are not running away. Let them come and found out. “
Nevertheless, Fani-Kayode still insisted that the document, which were released by the Ministry of Education, Katsina State and the University of Cambridge, was fraudulently procured.
He said those who authored the result must be arrested by the police and be prosecuted. He said, “Our conclusion from all these is that the document purportedly released by the Government College (Pilot) Katsina, upon which the APC presidential candidate hopes to bury the doubt about his eligibility for next month’s election is forged, manipulated and fraudulently procured. It is therefore untenable in fact and in law. “We do not know who the authors and masterminds of this forgery are but whoever they are, we urge them to come forward and be identified. “If they fail to come forward voluntarily, we hereby call on the police and other security agencies to seek them out, find them, arrest them, interrogate them and prosecute them, in accordance with the laws of the land.”
Fani-Kayode also called on Buhari to submit himself to the police to answer charges of perjury, alleging that the former Head of State lied on oath about his academic qualification. This, he said, was what a man who “claims to represent integrity and due process ought to do in this situation.”
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