Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina stated the PDP and people making a fuss of the situation are idle.
Buhari had while submitting his presidential nomination form to INEC before the February 2019 election, presented a sworn affidavit rather than his certificates.
In the affidavit, Buhari maintained his credentials are still using the Nigerian Army where he was an officer until his retirement in 1985. Against this backdrop, PDP challenged Buhari to present his WAEC certificate, stressing that Nigerians will not “take NEPA bill” this time round.
Adesina, in his response to the fuss created by the development, maintained that Buhari’s certification matter was a dead issue. Speaking to The Country, Adesina stated, “The certification saga is a dead issue, only idle people will consider it. It’s something that had been laid to rest before the 2015 general elections.
Those raising the issue (PDP and others) are idle and they have run out of ideas. They see defeat staring them in the face and they’re desperate to cling to some straw. This issue was solved before the 2015 election.
“It is a matter of fact that when President Buhari and others joined the army, they took their original certificates from them. The army knew where they kept the original certificates of the President. In fact, a former Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Alani Akinrinade asserted that the army collected the original certificates of its officers. The PDP believes it will lose the elections, and they will lose, and it is raising dust on a dead issue.
“The army already said they dropped the certificates. But does this mean that it didn’t exist that the President went to college, sat for examinations and passed; attended military classes and War College. It does not change the fact that the President rose through the ranks to become a Major-General from the Nigerian Army and a Military Head of State. Didn’t those opposed to President Buhari go to court over his certification and lost before? They will still lose this time around. It’s a dead issue. ”