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Buhari In Trouble As PDP, Nigerians Rages Over Alleged Forged Certificate

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Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, of forgery and manipulation of his secondary school result.
The party, therefore, asked ‎security agencies to investigate the matter and fish out the authors of the purportedly forged document.
Recall that Buhari’s secondary school, Government College, Katsina, formerly known as Provisional Secondary School, had on Wednesday, released his result sheet and school copy, in a bid to put to rest claims by the PDP that he does not have a certificate.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, director, media and publicity, PDP presidential campaign organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, insisted that the published result is a clear case of forgery which must be unravelled.
He submitted that the result sheets which was attributed to Cambridge examination body was a super imposition.
He said the PDP is yet to identify the authors and masterminds of the ‘forgery’ but stressed that if those behind the ‘act’ fail to come out voluntarily, they would be fished out, arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the law.
The party also called on Buhari to submit himself to the police and answer charges of perjury, having ‘lied on oath’ about his academic qualifications.
Fani-Kayode said although he respects the declarations of former president of the Court of Appeal (PCA), Umaru Abdullahi and former Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Coomassie, that the retired general was their classmate in 1961, their positions do not shed any light that Buhari has a certificate.
But when asked if he had contacted the school principal to ascertain the veracity of the certificate, Fani-Kayode said: “It is not for us to go to the school, we have made our assertion. The school itself have they said they issued the certificate, do you believe that?”
‎The campaign spokesman who resorted to a power point presentations to back-up his allegations declared “‎having carefully studied the statement of result signed by the “school principal” and an “examination officer” of the Government College, Katsina, as well as the attached document titled UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE WEST AFRICA SCHOOL CERTIFICATE 1961, we wish to make the following observations and comments:
“The results sheet which was attributed to the Cambridge examination body is clearly a super imposition of one document on another as you will shortly see in the enlarged image of the result sheet as published. The column lines on the part where names are printed do not align with the blank columns while there is an introduction of extraneous lines on some other columns.
“The document contains an obvious alteration on the Mathematics column of the candidate, Mohamed Buhari, who was assumed to have scored an “F” in the subject. This raises a very fundamental issue of validity in view of the fact that the accompanying result sheet states that ‘any alteration or erasure renders this statement of results invalid.’ This is the standard practice in all interpretation of documents especially academic records. The question we put to Buhari and his party is whether this alteration was done by the University of Cambridge.
“One of the footnotes on the document purportedly issued by the University of Cambridge says ‘the results of this candidate in all subjects except English Language have been carried forward from the 1960 examination.’ The question arising from this is: When exactly did Buhari sit for all the other subjects claimed to have been passed in the Secondary School Examination?
“Our conclusion from all these is that the documents purportedly released by Government College, Katsina, upon which the APC presidential candidate hopes to bury the doubt about his eligibility for next month’s election are forged, manipulated and fraudulently procured. They are therefore untenable in fact and in law.”
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