WAEC Official disowns Buhari’s Cambridge credentials

A West African Examination Council official, Osidehinde Adewunmi, on Wednesday, disowned the Cambridge University’s Moderated International Examination credentials produced by President Muhammadu Buhari and tendered as reveals earlier than the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja.

The two paperwork earlier admitted as Exhibits 19 and 21 have been Buhari’s statement of outcomes and the broadsheet for the outcomes of the 18 candidates who sat for the examinations in 1961.

The Deputy Registrar, School Examinations in Nigeria, of WAEC, who appeared earlier than the tribunal on a subpoena, testified earlier than the five-man tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba, as Buhari’s fourth defence witness on Wednesday.

He appeared within the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, difficult Buhari’s victory on the February 23, 2019 ballot.

Part of the grounds of the petition was that Buhari lacked the academic qualification to contest the election.

When cross-examined by the counsel for the All Progressives Congress, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Adewunmi stated he, as a WAEC official, licensed one of many paperwork bearing the title of the University of Cambridge Moderated Examination earlier tendered as Exhibit marked R21.

The witness, who stated he had been working with WAEC for about 30 years, instructed the tribunal that the examination was carried out by Cambridge University at the side of WAEC.

He confirmed that 18 individuals sat for the examinations in 1961, including that Buhari was listed as quantity two on the record of candidates for the examination.

He confirmed that Buhari sat for eight topics and had 5 credit within the examination – Oral English, C5; History, A3; Geography, C6; Hausa, C5; and Health Science, C6.

“He came out with aggregate of 32 and he was awarded Grade 2,” he confirmed.

When requested, he confirmed that “whoever has this (the R21 exhibit) has secondary education”.

Under cross-examination by the petitioners’ lawyer, Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), Adewunmi was requested if Exhibit R19 was a certificates, he stated, “I cannot say whether it is a certificate because my signature is not on the certificate. It is not bearing my name or the name of my organisation”.

Asked once more, the witness stated, “This document is bearing the name of Cambridge University Assessment International Education”.

Asked if the doc was issued by WAEC, he stated, “It is not a document from the West Africa Examination Council”.

Asked about Exhibit R21, he stated, “This is the foundation, the primary foundation for issuance of a certificate.”

The witness was additionally requested if the doc was a certificates.

“This is not a certificate,” the witness answered.

When requested, he additionally stated, “I have never worked with the University of Cambridge”.

In his bid to level out contradictions within the two paperwork, the petitioners’ legal professionals requested the witness to match the variety of topics listed in opposition to Buhari in them.

The witness confirmed that in R21, “The number of subjects listed against the 2nd respondent (Buhari) is eight”, and in R19 “six subjects”.

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He additionally confirmed that the primary title on the 2 paperwork was “Mohamed” and as in opposition to the President’s “Muhammad”.

He additionally confirmed that WAEC registrar, Dr. Iyi Uwadae, issued a WAEC attestation certificates to Buhari on November 2, 2018.

He disagreed with the petitioners’ lawyer that issuance of an attestation certificates was not restricted to circumstances of loss or misplacement

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