Festus Keyamo, who served as director of communication of the President Muhammadu Buhari campaign has said that WAEC certificate is not needed to be governor or president.
Keyamo made this known in a series of tweet on his verified twitter handle on Monday, April 15, 2019.
Taking to his Twitter handle, Keyamo noted that based on the provisions of the constitution, an aspirant does not need a WAEC certificate to become a president or governor in the country.
He wrote; “There are other levels of qualifications to run for the office of the president. In fact, if you have occupied the public office for a reasonable length of time, by provisions of the constitution, you do not even need a WAEC certificate to become president of Nigeria.
Keyamo said in the case of Osun state, the allegation of forgery of WAEC certificate by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party Ademola Adeleke requires disqualification.
He said; “Yes. Section 318 of the 1999 Constitution defines “School Certificate or its equivalent” to mean primary 6 School Leaving Certificate plus the ability to just speak, write, understand and communicate in English language to the satisfaction of INEC. No WAEC certificate is needed.
“By the definition of “School Certificate or its equivalent” in section 318 of the 1999 const. u don’t need a WAEC certificate to become President or Governor, but if you present a FORGED WAEC or other certificate to INEC for any office you will be disqualified,” he added.
He also noted that forgery occurs when the supposed author of a document denies ever making it or denies its authenticity adding that WAEC has confirmed the authenticity of PMB’s certificate by issuing an attestation of it.
He added; “In Osun case scenario, WAEC has denied the authenticity. See the difference?
“Let me end my free lecture series by saying that the crux of the matter is that if you don’t have a WAEC certificate, there’s no need to go ahead & forge one in a bid to be Governor or President.”