Coalition of Lawyers  Tasks IG to Probe ‘Buhari Certificate Saga’


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* alleges mass forgery of PVCs
A group, Coalition of Concerned Lawyers in Nigeria (CCLN), on Sunday said it is uncomfortable with the controversies surrounding the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s certificate, calling on the Inspector General of Police to investigate and prosecute those found guilty of perjury.
They have also said they have it on good ‎authority that Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) ‎are being forged, calling on  the IG to also investigate and prosecute anybody found to have forged in the unwholesome act.
Addressing newsmen, Dr. Amaechi Nwaiwu, denied that they were being ‎sponsored to raise eyebrow concerning Buhari’s certificating,‎ adding that the dust raised on the authenticity of the certificate‎ was enough for any concern Nigerian to be worried.
Nwaiwu insisted that the coalition  are after credible, free and fair election devoid of any criminality.
The lawyers said the released result by Buhari’s school showed that while he had credit in English, he failed in mathematics which was certainly a required subject for enrollment into the Nigerian Army.
They also observed that the University of Cambridge result sheet attached to the school result released by the Government College (Pilot) Katsina has an alteration on the mathematics column which suggests an attempt at concealment
They insisted that the released result clearly showed it was super imposed of one of the document on another.
According to him, “The Federal Republic of Nigeria is a state based on the principles of democracy and social justice, sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria from whom government through the Constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as Amended derives all its powers belongs to the people through God. The Nigeria people have the opportunity of accepting or rejecting the men who are contesting to rule them.
“Nigerians have the right to ensure that persons contesting to rule them are qualified. Where there is an allegation of forgery, the Nigerian Police has the powers on a complaint to investigate, interrogate and prosecute any person found to have committed forgery of a document or committed perjury.
“The Nigerian Police under Section 214 of the Constitution and the Police Act has the powers and duty to investigate and prosecute such offences.
“We call on the Inspector General of Police to investigate, interrogate an d prosecute any person upon a complaint found to have committed perjury or fogery of school certificate.”
Nwaiwu added that having relied on the school certificate, it has to be produced and not only a statement of result.
“We also call on the Inspector General of Police to investigate, interrogate and prosecute upon complaints on persons found to have forged Permanent Voters Card (PVC).
“A fundamental aspect of our constitutional democracy is to create electoral process with credible voters’ register, right to vote and freedom to vote.
“Freedom entails the voters’ right to have the franchise recognised through registration and possesion of Permanent Voters Card (PVC), to cast his vote freely, to decide how to vote amd expect his ballot to be counted accurately” Nwaiwu added.
Nwaiwu briefed alongside Ibrahim Idris, Stefan Ewubare, Prince Chuwudi Oli, Ezinwa Nwachukwu Agbada, Femi Motojesi and Benjamin Sundu Barau.

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