The Coalition of United Political Parties has kicked over what it called the sudden release of a suspicious confirmation of result by the West African Examination Council to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The examination body had on Friday presented the attestation to Buhari amid controversy over the President’s result.
The spokesman of CUPP, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, in a statement on Friday described the development as “very strange, laughable, unbelievable and a desperate effort to mislead the court and shield Buhari from disqualification from participation in the 2019 general election”.
The group called on WAEC to produce the official ledger and booklet containing the scores and records of names of students of the Provincial Secondary School, Katsina, now called Government Secondary School, who sat for the examination in 1961 “and not the manufactured afterthought confirmation of result which was not backed with any evidence to show that President Buhari participated in the 1961 examinations.”
It said: “Let Nigerians be reminded that a few days ago, the opposition raised the alarm that there was an ongoing move to tamper with the records of WAEC and pressure the leadership into manufacturing a result for President Buhari.
“Today’s action of WAEC has vindicated our earlier fears and confirmed our stand that WAEC is now competing with Oluwole Market in manufacturing documents.
“No amount of desperation or engineered misinformation can change the minds of Nigerian voters from voting out the incompetent regime of President Buhari that has destroyed the Nigerian economy, divided our people and made our nation insecure.”
Reacting to the development, the Peoples Democratic Party said it was a tragicomedy.
The PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, alleged in an interview with newsmen that the certificate was procured.
Ologbondiyan likened the attestation to the Martin Luther King Award presented to the President last year, which turned out to be a fake award.
While wondering why the certificate was appearing only a few months to the election, the party spokesman said the fact that the President did not use the certificate in the 2015 election is an affirmation that he does not have a certificate.
He added: “It is a tragicomedy.
“We never expected Mr. President to dramatically come this low because you cannot have a certificate and be calling it an attestation.
“What are they attesting to?
“We stand by our position that Mr. President has no school certificate.
“It’s simply a political certificate.
“We have said that the Buhari presidency and his handlers are always fretting at the mention of a certificate.
“So, they want to mislead Nigerians to say that Mr. President has a school certificate.
“If Mr President has a certificate, why did he not use it in the 2015 election?
“Why is the certificate suddenly emerging a few months to the election?
“And have you checked the photograph that was attached to the certificate?
“In 1961, was it the requirement of WAEC to have a passport attached to school certificate?
“Even in our own generation, was it a condition in WAEC that you must submit your passport to be attached to your certificate?
“They should come off it.
“It’s too low.
“You remember the procured Martin Luther Award presented to our President, which later was discovered to be fake?
“This is a similar award.
“We are waiting for the story of its declaration as another procured document.”