Buhari qualified for president – Constitutional lawyer

Dr. Tunji Abayomi

A constitutional lawyer, Tunji Abayomi, on Wednesday in Abuja said that Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Party, APC, presidential candidate, had fulfilled the constitutional requirements to contest for the office of President.

Mr. Abayomi, who stated this in an interview said the logic of Section 131(d) of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution focused not on certificates but on educational level.

Mr. Abayomi further argued that it was constitutionally “trivial and definitely unwarranted” for anybody to insist that Mr. Buhari must produce his certificates.

He contended that the argument by some lawyers that Mr. Buhari must produce his School Certificate was based on ignorance of the provisions of the 1999 constitution.

“The 1999 constitution as amended is superior to the provisions of the 2010 Electoral Act as amended.

“In my considered view and having regard to the unambiguous words of the constitution, it did not even say that to qualify for election to the office of president you have to go to school,’’ he said.

Section 131 of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution says that a person shall be qualified for election to the office of the President:

If (a) he/she is a citizen of Nigeria by birth; (b) he has attained the age of forty years; (c) he is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party; (d) and must have also been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.

Abayomi said that it was, therefore, left for INEC to send its officials to the institutions that Mr. Buhari indicated in his affidavit that he attended to verify the said certificates.

(NAN)


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  • Frank Bassey

    Please let the Court of Law decide on this matter and have the controversy closed.

    • adekenny

      The provincial school has provide Buhari ‘Wasc result! Now jonathan should present his own too with the examination number! after jonathan ‘s wife and Buhari’s wife should present theirs!! Since they will occupy first lady’s office

      • Tunsj

        We demand that Jonathan show us his thesis.

    • Obinna

      I don’t know why PDP despite being in power cannot got to court rather decided to use jobless criminals shouting nonsenses about one of the most respected and honest Generals Nigeria Army ever produced.

    • tundemash

      Finally, you corroborate what we have been saying . Can you please advise Reno of this when next you go for your crumbs .
      And we would also need Dumbo to present his PhD thesis

  • Papa Alaja

    Dear Professor Jega,

    Letter to INEC Chairman

    I write to seek extension of time to put in my driver’s name
    on the current list of 2015 presidential candidates forthwith.
    My driver has two (2) Ph.D certificates in nuclear Physics
    I’m fully persuaded by Barrister Tunji Abayomi (above) that
    you have no right to demand copies of those Ph.D certificates.
    Rather, your duty is just to take my word for it and put in his name.

    • yemi

      Yes. You might not like the logic of it, but sadly, thats just how the law is written.

    • amazing2012

      Good one !

    • Obinna

      A good one. Your share in the stolen $20b will definitely increase. You bunch of bastards, change is coming. From may 2015 we say bye bye to the most corrupt Govt in the history of Africa.

      • Tunsj

        You are right. They are scared because a lot of them will end up in jails for corruption.

  • Bobo

    Dumbo lawyer what is the equivalent to at least school certificate level

  • amazing2012

    …….your old illiterate mother !!

  • Bobo

    He has never won any case.

    • mk

      Are u sure, o do you really know him in person o just that..he is a good lawyer except he falls at the wrong side of ur choice

  • Garden-City Boy

    Charge-and Bail type lawyers now having a field day on Buhari.

    • Akindolamu

      Dis ting wey una lose on Buhari dey pain una too much!!! Because you-PDP and Mr. Jonathan- lost on your contrived and dubious controversy on certiticate, you are now annoyed-right? Too bad for you and your people. Grow, wake up and join the wind of Change. Sai Buhari!

  • 247don007

    Even though there is no issue with his educational qualification, is there no issue with him lieing under oath (perjury)? Is there is no issue with him making false declaration (forgery)? Both perjury & forgery are offences punishable under the law. So are we saying that GMB who now have issue with morality (a form of corruption) is qualify to lead this great nation?

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    What do you expect from a Yoruba man?