Hamza Al-Mustapha, the presidential candidate of Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) has also blamed the military over failure to submit his certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Al-Mustapha, a retired major in the Nigerian army, told the commission his documents were in possession of the military and they have “refused” to release his academic certificates, despite court orders asking them to do so.
“I was a victim of persecution for 15 years over deliberate trump of charges. I was, however, exonerated and freed of the wanton charges vide court of appeal ruling on 12 July, 2013.
“My entire personal documents including my certificates and awards were taken by the then government in 1998.
“Formal complaints were registered before high court of Lagos (2000 – 2001) and federal high court, Lagos division, (2004 – 2007) but government refused to obey court orders till today.
“However, Nigeria army (my employer – 1983 – 2013) is in custody of the certificates this application is asking of.”
This is coming after President Buhari failed to submit his academic credentials to the commission, saying they are with the military. In the affidavit which he swore to, Buhari said,
“I am the above named person and the deponent of this affidavit herein. All my academic qualification documents as filled in my Presidential form, APC/001/2015 are currently with the Secretary of the Military Board as of the time of this affidavit.”
Major rival in the upcoming poll, Atiku Abubakar on his part, submitted all relevant documents, with a Diploma in Law in 1969 from the Ahmadu Bello University being his highest qualification. The former Vice-President also attached tax returns indicating that he had paid N10.8m in tax from 2015 to 2017 while declaring his income within the period as N60.2m.
Over 70 out of the 91 political parties are presenting presidential candidates that will participate in the 2019 Presidential elections.