BREAKING: Buhari Opens Defence With Cambridge Certificates

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President Mohammadu Buhari

President Mohammadu Buhari has, Tuesday, July 30, 2019, opened his defence against a petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

The president opened his defence at the Presidential Election Tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba, by tendering a number of documents, including Cambridge certificates. Buhari’s lawyer,Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), in tendering the documents, described them as certified true copies of certificates and results of Cambridge examinations which Buhari took in 1961.

The documents, according to Olanipekun, included certified true copies of Cambridge Assessment International Education School Certificate for Second Division (Grade 2) in 1961, as well as the Cambridge Assessment for lectures received by Buhari. The documents also included the certified true copies of confidential result sheet of University of Cambridge WASC 1961 for Provincial Secondary School, Katsina, containing the list of candidates that took the exams, that year.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria also tendered a group photograph of the school’s pupils, amongst whom was Mohammadu Buhari, who graduated in 1961. There was also a letter said to be from the Commandant of the United States Army War College, dated June 3, 1980, in commendation of then Colonel Mohammadu Buhari, addressed to General Alani Akinrinade and a copy of Buhari’s curriculum vitae, signed by him, among other documents which were 29, altogether.

Lawyer to the petitioners, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, however, objected to the admissibility of the documents, which he described as strange and not listed or pleaded earlier in the defence filed in response to the petition. Both lawyers representing the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Yunus Usman (SAN) and the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Lateef Fagbemi, did not object to the documents.

Source: PUNCH Photo: bbc.com

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