News Battle of Words: No one needs a WAEC certificate to be elected president, governor- Keyamo Published 4 weeks ago on April 15, 2019 By Amarachi Okeke Share Tweet Again Festus Keyamo (SAN), Director, Strategic Communications of President Buhari 2019 Presidential Campaign, in a bid to reply the opposition party, has revealed 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. Taking to his verified Twitter handle @fkeyamo on Monday, Keyamo had stated, “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.” Keyamo had tweeted his responses at a television interview earlier held on Sunday. While Keyamo appears to be answering back at the Peoples Democratic Party who had argued that Muhammadu Buhari didn’t deserve to run for presidency on account of the controversies surrounding his WAEC certificate, the Buhari campaign spokesperson alluded to the 2018 Osun governorship election scenario. In the Osun case, PDP’s candidate in the election, Ademola Adeleke, was sued in separate instances by the opposition and also by members of his party concerning the status of his WAEC certificate. Keyamo argues, “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 Constitution, you 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. #OsunStateScenario.” He added that forgery occurs when the supposed author of a document denies ever making it or denies its authenticity. Zeroing in on his principal’s certificate imbroglio, Keyamo tweets, “WAEC has confirmed the authenticity of PMB’s certificate by issuing an attestation of it. Case closed. “In Osun case scenario, WAEC has denied the authenticity. See the difference? Taking a swipe at those who had criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s WAEC status, the SAN warned that it was “extremely foolish” for anybody who is not statutorily empowered to issue WAEC certificates to challenge the body that has the statutory power to issue certificates. “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 and forge one in a bid to be governor or president. You can still be qualified, regardless. That’s the mistake made in Osun case scenario,” 829 total views, 20 views today Related Posts Pinnick re-elected NFF PresidentAmaju Pinnick yesterday in Katsina re-elected president of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF for a… Governor's Forum supports President Buhari re-electionNigerian Governor's Forum has reassured of its support to President MuhammaduBuhari's administration for the well-being… Certificate forgery: Court dismisses case against Niger GovernorA Federal High Court sitting in Niger State has dismissed a case of certificate forgery… Related Topics: Up Next BREAKING: Onnoghen: Tension as Disagreement breaks out in prosecution’s camp Don't Miss Atiku planned to destabilise Nigeria through Onnoghen – Lauretta Onochie Continue Reading Advertisement Loading... You may like Click to comment Advertisement Latest Entertainment2 hours ago EFCC reveals why it arrested Naira Marley, Zlatan, others News2 hours ago “History will not be kind to Ganduje” -Timi Frank reacts to ‘Vendetta move’ against Sanusi News3 hours ago Kano Gov. Ganduje reveals reasons for creating four new Emirates News3 hours ago Trouble looms for Saraki, Ciggarate company as group makes damning allegations, calls for probe Advertisement Loading... Most Read News24 hours ago Àlleged N2.5bn Scam: Payment didn’t violates FG White paper- ICPC Politics21 hours ago Rumpus over Bulkachuwa’s chairmanship of Presidential Election Tribunal Politics5 hours ago FFK mocks Okorocha, says there is no peace for the wicked News20 hours ago CCT: A/Court to deliver judgments in Onnoghen’s appeals today News20 hours ago Soldiers kill 2 bandits, recover sophisticated weapons Sports18 hours ago Egypt will put up a spectacular AFCON 2019 — Pinnick News20 hours ago Udoma inaugurates NBS Board, cautions against undue interference Politics20 hours ago Imo: Will Emeka Ihedioha be different?