The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has mocked the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency for supposedly pushing out a video where the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, pleaded with Nigerians to pardon Buhari over his “false” West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate claims.
In a statement on Sunday, PDP said following the video of the media interview by Mohammed, that it was needful that President Buhari saved the judiciary and the nation further troubles by immediately throwing in the towel and vacating the presidential seat.
According to the opposition party, the video was an official admission that Buhari does not possess a WAEC certificate, contrary to his claims and disposition before the law.
A video on social media had shown Mohammed begging Nigerians to forgive Buhari if he failed to tell or provide his WAEC certificate.
He had said, “It’s been 53 years after a fellow left secondary school; 53 years. I think we should pardon him if he does not know where he kept his certificate.”
Mohammed, the report claimed, made the plea in 2015 when Buhari was vying for his first term in office.
But the PDP, in its response following the circulation of the video at the weekend argued that the video was a deliberate ploy by Mohammed to appeal to sentiments, seeing that Mr President had failed to defend himself before the presidential petition tribunal.
The party berated the Buhari Presidency for believing that in pushing the video into the public space, it could influence the tribunal to bend the law after solid evidence had been presented before it against President Buhari.
“The PDP holds that the pronouncement and appeal for pardon issued by the government’s spokesperson, who is also a lawyer, is a direct guilty plea, which cannot save President Buhari from the course of justice in this matter.
“From the official pronouncement by the minister on a national television, it is no longer in dispute before all Nigerians that President Buhari does not possess the educational certificate he claimed in the affidavit he deposed to in his presidential nomination form.
“In this latest shenanigan, President Buhari and his handlers ought to have known that the law, which the judiciary is bound to uphold, is a respecter of no man.
“The PDP reminds President Buhari of how his Presidency vehemently applied the law in a similar circumstance to remove a head of an arm of government; a situation, which renders his plea for a pardon a complete nullity before the law.
“The PDP holds that if President Buhari indeed seeks for pardon from Nigerians, he should do the needful by toeing the path of honour and vacating the Presidential seat without further delay,” the statement read in part.
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