By Segun Olubayo
Festus Keyamo, the Spokesman for the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign Council has said that one does not need a WAEC certificate to become President of Nigeria.
Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said this while appearing on Channels Tv on Sunday night when asked about the eligibility of President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the presidential election.
According to him, if you have occupied the public office for a reasonable length of time, you do not need a WAEC certificate to become president of Nigeria.
Keyamo said “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.
“It becomes extremely foolish for anybody who is not statutorily empowered to issue WAEC certificates to come and challenge the body that has the statutory power to issue certificates.”
This is coming days after the APC filed a motion at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja by its lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi faulting the candidacy of Atiku in the election, claiming that Atiku is a Cameroonian and not a Nigerian citizen.
APC, hence stated that the former Vice President’s petition against President Muhammadu Buhari, its own candidate, should be dismissed for lacking in merit.
Meanwhile, former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri reacted on his Twitter page on Monday, Omokri wrote: “And if next year, we see a mass failure in WAEC, how would @MBuhari have the moral authority to say anything? When he has told our youths that they don’t need WAEC to secure the highest post in the land, who will now study? They will just say ‘to hell with WAEC’, I don’t need you!”
Meanwhile, so many Nigerians have been reacting on Twitter asking the APC why they insisted on using WAEC issue against Senator Ademola Adeleke, Osun Governor elect since President Buhari can be president without WAEC.
FROM THE TOWER OF TRUTH