On Wednesday at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) an official of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Osidehinde Adewunmi, pointed out that there is a difference between names on the certificate President Muhammadu Buhari presented to the tribunal.
President Buhari’s lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) had submitted two documents (Buhari’s statement of results and the broadsheet for the results of the 18 candidates who sat for the Cambridge University Assessment International Education examination in 1961) as Exhibits R19 and R21 respectively.
Mr. Adewunmi who is WAEC’s Deputy Registrar appeared before the tribunal as Buhari’s witness. He confirmed that he certified the Cambridge University documents submitted by Buhari, but however noted that they were not issued by WAEC.
The WAEC top official, who revealed that he had been working with the body for 30 years, noted that Buhari was part of the 18 persons who sat for the 1961 examination.
“He came out with aggregate of 32 and he was awarded Grade 2,” the WAEC top official said, adding that “whoever has this (the R21 exhibit) has secondary education.”
He further noted that Buhari sat for eight subjects and made five credits (Oral English C5, History A3, Hausa C5, Health Science C6, and Geography C6).
The WAEC official however said he cannot confirm whether or not the statement of result submitted as Exhibit R19 by Buhari could be treated as a certificate when asked by Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s lawyer.
“I cannot say whether it is a certificate because my signature is not on the document. It is not bearing my name or the name of my organisation. This document is bearing the name of Cambridge University Assessment International Education,” the WAEC official said.
When asked if the document (Exhibit R19) was issued by WAEC, Adewunmi said; “It is not from the West Africa Examination Council.”
The WAEC official also noted that the Cambridge document (Exhibit R21) is not a certificate, but the primary foundation for the issuance of a certificate.
Mr. Adewunmi further noted that he had never worked with the University of Cambridge before.
Atiku’s lawyer further asked Buhari’s witness to confirm the differences between the two documents (Exhibits R19 and R21) submitted by Buhari.
The top WAEC official noted that there is a difference between the numbers of subjects in the two documents. He noted that the number of subjects in R19 is six subjects, while in R21 eight subjects was listed.
He further confirmed that the first name of the documents was “Mohamed” instead of his actual name “Muhammad”.
Abba Kyari, President Buhari’s Chief of Staff, had testified on Tuesday that he personally signed and collected the Cambridge documents on July 18, 2019. But Atiku’s lawyer however disagreed, saying that the president’s COS.
Mr. Mohammed Abba, President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant, also appeared after the top WAEC official.
Abba identified Buhari in a group of photograph with his Class 6 mates in 1961.
He noted that there is no difference between the names “Mohamed” and “Muhammad”.
Buhari’s lawyer further asked him to explain what he means. He said;“there is no difference between Mohamed and Muhammad. Hausa will call it Muhammadu, Yoruba will call it Momodu.”
Abba however confirmed as he was grilled by Uzoukwu that “no certificate was listed, mentioned or attached to Buhari’s curriculum vitae personally signed by the President.
The president’s aide also confirmed that the photograph in which he identified Buhari is not a certificate.
President Buhari’s certificate controversy is part of Atiku Abubakar’s petition against the victory of Buhari in the February 23, 2019 presidential election.
Atiku who is the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleges that he won the election based on results he obtained from the central server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The electoral umpire had however vehemently denied the existence of a server.
The PDP candidate also noted that Buhari is not eligible to contest the election because he does not possess the minimum educational requirement. We reported what you should know on Atiku’s petition against Buhari’s victory at the PEPT.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.