Unic Press UK: The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council’s director for Strategic Communications, Festus Keyamo says a West African Education Certificate (WAEC) is not a prerequisite to hold office as president or governor in Nigeria.
During an interview with Channels TV, 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.”
Why WAEC is a torrid issue
Recently, an Abuja High Court sitting in the Bwari Area Council of Abuja, nullified the nomination of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the September 2018 Governorship Election in Osun State on the grounds that the candidate did not possess the requisite educational qualification (secondary school certificate) to contest for the office of governor.
The main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is in court over the Nigeria Presidential Election 2019, praying the court to order a fresh election or declare its candidate Atiku Abubakar the winner of the election over APC and Muhammadu Buhari “corrupt practices,” including submission of false qualification.