Pesident Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has again failed to present his credentials to the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), telling the electoral body in an affidavit that they are still in the custody of the Nigerian military.
Evidence of Mr. Buhari’s credentials was the only one missing from those of the 70 presidential candidates which were made available to journalists on Thursday.
The president, like in 2014, failed to attach necessary supporting documents, explaining again that they were in the custody of 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.”
Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, submitted all needed documents, with a Diploma in Law in 1969 from the Ahmadu Bello University being his highest qualification.
Mr. Abubakar 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.
It is learnt that over 70 out of the 91 political parties are presenting presidential candidates for the 2019 Presidential elections as over 70 names had been posted by INEC as of Thursday night.
Notable among them are, President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, Obadiah Mailafia of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), and former Governor Donald Duke of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The list was posted in accordance with INEC’s timetable, which fixed October 25 for the publication of candidates of political parties across the country.
With this development, the ballot paper for the presidential election would also be long and the announcement of election results in 2019 might even take longer.
A more comprehensive list will be published by INEC on Friday and it is expected that more names of presidential candidates would be added.