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17 Apr 2018

Technically, 2019 Election Will Be The Easiest Time To Become The President Of Nigeria

The decision by President Buhari to seek re-election in 2019 is simply to tell those people, including former president Obasanjo, who dare advice or instruct him not to seek re-election in 2019, that it is within his constitutional right to do so.

And I believe Buhari knows very well that he will lose a free and fair presidential election in 2019. But as someone who is obsessed with Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari wouldn't mind becoming the second incumbent president to lose an election in Nigeria.

However, I hope Mr Buhari and his handlers know fully that in 2019, while completing his Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) form, Buhari must present his school certificate. The excuse that his school certificate is with the military, as he stated in 2015, will not stand this time.

In the 2015 presidential election, which Jonathan lost, he could have pursued the matter through the courts since he knew that Buhari didn't fulfil some aspects of the Electoral Act. 

Especially the section that mandated every candidate to submit documentary evidence of obtaining the minimum educational requirement, which is attempted secondary school certificate. But Mr Jonathan left the scene to avoid conflicts, according to him.

All the same, if the contest eventually narrows down to Buhari vs. Atiku Abubakar, Buhari should know that Atiku knows how to approach the courts.

Surely, Jonathan and PDP, including Chief Obasanjo, Chief Danjuma and Buhari's other senior colleagues in the military, know that Buhari doesn't have school certificate. 

Chiefs Obasanjo and Jonathan in particular, as former presidents must have received verification from West African Examination Council (WAEC) that Mr Buhari doesn’t have school certificate.

In fact, if Buhari insists on contesting the 2019 presidential election by winning his party's nomination, 2019 will be the year anyone can easily become a Nigeria’s president.