As the entire country calls on All Progressives Congress presidential flag bearer Bola Tinubu to release his primary and secondary education certificates, his dummy running mate Kabir Ibrahim Masari has told the Independent National Electoral Commission that his school certificates had also been missing.
A sworn affidavit for the loss of some original documents submitted to the election commission by Mr Masari and seen by Peoples Gazette, showed that the APC vice-presidential candidate had misplaced vital documents, including the C d ‘O from a KT 17522 plot in Katsina State, his grade II certificate from Katsina Teachers College and his primary school certificate.
“That sometime in January 2021, while transiting Wuse area, FCT-Abuja, I discovered that my original Certificate of Occupation (C of O) of land, No. KT 17522, GRA Katsina, State from Katsina; Kaduna State Development Center certificate from 1994 to 1995; Katsina Teachers’ College (KTC) grade II certificate from 1978 to 1983 and the first school leaving certificate issued by Masari Primary, Katsina State from 1972 to 1978 got lost,” said in part the affidavit signed by Mr. Masari to the Supreme Court of July 2021 and submitted to the INEC on June 17, 2022.
“That all efforts to locate the documents have proved abortive, hence this affidavit,” the affidavit added.
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The electoral law obliges candidates to submit their personal credentials which will be published for public scrutiny before the elections.
Meanwhile, Mr Tinubu had insinuated on Saturday that Mr Masari was a bogus running mate after admitting he was still looking for a suitable running mate.
His statement gave credence to claims that submitting Mr Masari’s name to the electoral office was just a stopgap measure to circumvent the INEC’s deadline for the 2023 elections.
Mr. Tinubu and Mr. Masari being Muslims can offset the known religious balance and representation with the nation’s highest office.