The Supreme Court has ruled that President Muhammadu Buhari was eminently qualified to aspire to the office of Presidency even if he
did not possess his secondary school certificate ahead of the 2019 elections.
The apex court which threw out the petition of the opposition candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, contesting the election also stated that
Atiku did not provide enough witnesses and evidence to substantiate his claim that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) rigged the
The court stated that due to the provisions of the Constitution, a candidate who possesses 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 to the
satisfaction of INEC is qualified to contest.
The court also held that contrary to the contention of the appellants, Buhari did not submit false information about his educational
qualification to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The court held that contrary to claim by the appellants, no law requires a candidate to submit his academic certificates to the electoral
umpire before being allowed to contest the election.
It also ruled that the appellants failed to prove that the www.factsdontlie.ng from which the appellants downloaded the results of the
election which they relied on, belonged to INEC.