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Educational Qualification: Supreme Court Rules In Favour Of Pres. Buhari, Says He Is Qualified To Contest

Written by Rita Nwachukwu

In a developing story, it was gathered that the Supreme court has ruled in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari over the non-submission of his credentials to INEC during the election.

 

The court in its ruling on Friday said President Buhari is eminently qualified to contest for the presidential election, adding that the constitution stated clearly that attending secondary school can serve as a qualification but it never stated that the secondary school certificate is a must have for candidates.

 

The full judgement of the apex court was prepared by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad and was read by Justice John Okoro.

 

The statement stated further that one can contest for a position without a secondary school certificate, adding that Buhari have proved that he attended a secondary school, and has a primary school leaving certificate.

 

The President also has other qualifications and training as a military officer to the rank of  major General, was once a former head of state and can communicate well in English language.

 

The statement reads further that the constitution stipulates that a candidate is qualified to contest if he/she meets the satisfaction of INEC by possessing a primary school certificate and has worked in the public or private service for a period not less than 10 years, and can read, write and communicate in the English language.

 

The court also held that the President did not give false information about his educational qualification to the electoral body contrary to the appeal filed by the appellants.

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