You Don’t Need WAEC Certificate to Get Into Any Office in Nigeria — Festus Keyamo

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Festus Keyamo who served as director of communication of the President Muhammadu Buhari campaign has said that WAEC certificate is not needed to be governor or president. 

The senior lawyer said that in the case of Adeleke, WAEC has denied authenticity.

Reeling out his reasons for saying so, Festus said that 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. And No WAEC certificate is needed.

Taking to his verified Twitter handle @fkeyamo on Monday, Keyamo had stated, “There are other levels of qualifications to run for the office of president. In fact, if you have occupied the public office for a reasonable length of time, by the provisions of the Constitution, you do not even need a WAEC certificate to become president of Nigeria.”

Keyamo had stated this in responding to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) argument that President Muhammadu Buhari did not deserve to run for presidency because of the controversies over his WAEC certificate.

In the Osun case, PDP’s candidate in the election, Ademola Adeleke, was sued in separate instances by the opposition and also by members of his party concerning the status of his WAEC certificate.

Keyamo argues, “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.

“By the definition of ‘School Certificate or its equivalent’ in Section 318 of the 1999 Constitution, you don’t need a WAEC certificate to become President or Governor, but if you present a FORGED WAEC or other certificate to INEC for any office you will be disqualified. #OsunStateScenario.”

The senior lawyer said that in the case of Adeleke, WAEC has denied authenticity.

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