Much like Tinubu had said when asked to provide his school certificates, his running mate Mr. Ibrahim Masari has also declared that he has lost his school certificates.
The APC presidential flagbearer, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, had chosen Masari as his running mate to meet the deadline given by INEC for the submission of nomination forms. However, there were plans to substitute him before the elections in line with the electoral guidelines.
Recall that Tinubu had submitted his form just last Friday without the requisite primary and secondary school certificates. According to the Presidential candidate, he had lost his certificates after soldiers invaded his house while he was in self-exile during the fight against the military regime in the country, post-June 12, 1993 presidential election annulment.
This did not sit well with many political groups and individuals as many already threatened to go to court.
Now, barely a week later, Tinubu’s placeholder has also revealed that he lost his school certificates. Masari submitted an affidavit to INEC on the loss of his primary and secondary school certificates. In the affidavit, he explained that all efforts made to recover the certificates have proved futile.
The affidavit reads in part: “Ibrahim Kabiru Masari, male, Muslim, Nigerian citizen of Abubakar Rimi Crescent, National Assembly Quarters, Apo, FCT– Abuja, declare an oath and state as follows:
“That I am the above-named persons and bonafide owner of the under-listed documents. That sometimes in January 2021, while on transit within Wuse Area, FCT– Abuja, I discovered that my original Certificate of Occupancy of plot NoKT 17522, GRA Katsina Estate; Certificate of Kaduna State Development Centre from 1994–95; Grade 11 Certificate from Katsina Teachers College from 1979–83 and First Leaving School Certificate issued by Masari Primary School Katsina State from 1972–78 got lost. That all efforts made to trace the documents proved abortive hence this affidavit. That this affidavit is required for record purpose and for all authorities and persons concerned to take note.”