Why We Cleared Buhari – Onu, Chairman, APC Presidential Screening Committee

at 22-01-2015 06:44AM (5 years ago)

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 Chairman of the defunct Presidential Screening Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has said that the party’s presidential candidate, General Mohammadu Buhari was cleared for primary election strictly on the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
Besides, he said that the affidavit produced by Buhari during the screening exercise provided every conviction needed to clear him.

Onu also added that the person of Buhari who had hitherto attended many military institutions both at home and abroad before rising to the pinnacle of his career in the Nigeria Army could not have done so without passing his examinations at primary  and secondary school levels.

He wondered why the certificate has suddenly been made an issue even when Buhari had contested previous elections without hitches.

He said: “Really that issue shouldn’t create the kind of problem that we are seeing today in the polity. When this matter came before us in the presidential screening committee, we had to rely on the constitution of our great country to qualify anybody to be president of Nigeria.

“You have to be a Nigerian by birth. He has to be 40 years of age. He has to be a member of a political party and that political party must sponsor you and finally should obtain education at least up to secondary school level or equivalent.
“And our presidential candidate had attended military schools, in Nigeria, in India, in the United Kingdom, UK, and in the United states of America, USA. He attended the US army war college. So, there isn’t any reason whatsoever to create this type of problems that we now have in the polity.”

Asked if the committee demanded a copy of the school certificate during the screening, Onu said the affidavit gave them the needed proof.
“No, we demanded for that, but there was an affidavit and you know once you swear to an affidavit, that definitely gives you whatever protection in any matter not just in this case.

“But the thing is that we were not doing this for the PDP, we were doing it for Nigeria. This is a man who will be president of Nigeria and there is a supreme law, the constitution that guides us and the issue of qualifications is at least a school certificate.

“So if there is evidence that somebody has attended military schools that are tertiary institutions up to the war college of the USA, I mean why should you really go into school certificate and so on?

“But the Army has shown that he applied in Form 6. Many young people don’t know we used to have Form 6. I attended Form 6. I attended higher school that is what it is called then and you spend 2 years at the lower and the upper. You can’t go to Form 6 unless you completed your Form 5 and he got all the credits in the relevant subjects. So all those are in his file.”

The APC chieftain while dismissing the issue however said that Nigeria had other issues such as insecurity and unemployment yearning for urgent attention now than Buhari’s certificate.

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beneno at 22-01-2015 07:52AM (5 years ago)
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x-avier at 22-01-2015 09:41AM (5 years ago)
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Talk true!!! You were told to "just clear him" that is, if you even embarked on any screening exercise.
Larry28 at 22-01-2015 10:50AM (5 years ago)
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moveee130 at 22-01-2015 12:04PM (5 years ago)
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With or without certificate all well meaning Nigerians knows Buhari will perform better than the present Government. the corrupt politicians don't want him there ,
femjay at 22-01-2015 01:22PM (5 years ago)
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joromy at 22-01-2015 02:49PM (5 years ago)
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Quote from: moveee130 on 22-01-2015 12:04PM
With or without certificate all well meaning Nigerians knows Buhari will perform better than the present Government. the corrupt politicians don't want him there ,
femjay at 22-01-2015 04:43PM (5 years ago)
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February 14 election is not an election between GEJ and GMB
but is an election between GEJ vs all the millions of unemployed graduates and youths,
is an election between GEJ vs all those innocent graduates that were murdered during the last immigration exam,
is an election between GEJ and all the relatives of the kidnap chibok girls,
is an election between GEJ and all the victims of Iyanya, Kano and other bomb blast,
is an election between GEJ vs all the failed small business that has been short down due to shortage of power supply,
 is an election between GEJ and all those who lost their love ones during health workers strike,
is also an election between GEJ and all those university undergraduates who has spent more than their stipulated years in school due to strikes and hike in fees.
Finally is an election between GEJ and the general masses who are suffering from the clueless decisions of this government.
As for me am supporting and voting for BUHARI
because I can't support a president who fraudulently extort money from young graduates all in d name of giving them jobs only to end up killing lots of them. And this is a government that has not in any way imparted positively in the lives of our youths,
rather they steal in billions of dollars from the common man.
Amibomatc at 22-01-2015 08:15PM (5 years ago)
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Ogbonnaya Onu. You are equally a criminal, look at Abia state today, you should be ashamed of yourself for being the first executive Governor of Abia state.
egwuevans17 at 23-01-2015 01:05AM (5 years ago)
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