President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, urged the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja to dismiss the Petition filed by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.
President Buhari stated that there is no law in Nigeria that requires him to tender his certificate to prove his eligibility to run for the presidency.
Buhari while claiming that he is eligible to contest for presidency argued that under the 1999 Constitution, he was only required to be educated to a certain level.
The President stated this through his counsel, Wole Olanipekun SAN while revealing his view to the petition filed by PDP and the former Vice President, Atiku.
The President also urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition challenging his election and his educational qualifications because it lacked merit and substance.
He said: “The law is well settled and the case-law is crystalized on the point that the 2nd Respondent (Buhari) cannot go beyond provisions of sections 131 and 131(8) of the 1999 Constitution.”
“The case-law is replete with decisions of this Court on the subject. We cannot amend the constitution.”
“We need to make it very clear at this point that the Constitution and laws of the land do not expect any Certificate to be tendered or attached.”