The Presidential Election Tribunal on Wednesday ruled that President Muhammadu Buhari was “eminently qualified” to contest the 2019 elections. In their suit, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar had contended that Buhari did not possess the minimum qualifications to contest the election. But the Tribunal judgment said the petitioners were unable to prove their claim in court.
To contest for president, a candidate must have a minimum of a school leaving certificate. The Tribunal reasoned that Buhari’s career in the army was only possible because he had a school leaving certificate. During his career in the army, Buhari also took additional courses in which he performed credibly.
The Chairman of the tribunal said the petitioners had failed to prove that the second respondent (Buhari) had submitted an affidavit with false information to INEC as part of the qualification to participate in the election.
The Tribunal, therefore, concluded that it had no doubt that Buhari possessed the minimum qualifications to contest for the presidential election.