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WAEC Disagrees With Presidency, Says Buhari Applied For Results

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We would not have given him the document if he didn’ t apply. It is only Buhari or a court that can ask for the results. There is no other person . So he asked for it – WAEC
No, the President did not apply for the documents . I made this clear in an opinion I wrote on Friday . The presentation of the documents to the President was strictly an initiative of WAEC – Shehu
Olalekan Adetayo and Olaleye Aluko
The Presidency and the West African Examinations Council , on Saturday , disagreed on the reason for the issuance of an Attestation of Results to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday .

While the Presidency insisted that Buhari didn’ t apply for the results of the West African School Certificate Examination , which he claimed to have sat for in 1961, the examination body said the document was issued because the President applied for it .

WAEC ’ s spokesman, Damianus Ojijeogu , stated this in an interview with our correspondent on Saturday .
Ojijeogu , in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, said, “We would not have given him the document if he didn’ t apply. It is only Buhari or a court that can ask for the results. There is no other person . So he asked for it .”

Also , WAEC said in issuing an Attestation of Results to replace a lost or missing WAEC certificate , the subjects, where the candidate had F 9 , would no longer be captured.
WAEC Nigeria said these on its Twitter handle , @ waecnigeria, on Saturday , while answering questions from several Nigerians on the omission of F 9 from Buhari ’ s attestation.
“That is WAEC Twitter handle . It is correct, ” Ojijeogu added , confirming the authenticity of the post on the handle .
The documents were presented to the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, during a courtesy visit by a delegation of WAEC led by its Registrar , Dr . Iyi Uwadiae .
Uwadiae was accompanied by the Head, National Office, WAEC , Olutise Adenipekun; Head , Public Affairs , WAEC , Abiodun Aduloju; and the Zonal Coordinator, WAEC Abuja, Olufemi Oke .

Buhari received the documents amidst the controversy generated over his claim in his details presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission that his credentials were with the Military Board .
The board had subsequently declared the President’ s certificate missing, hence the need for him to get an attestation and a confirmation.
Earlier on its Twitter handle on Saturday , the examination body had stated, “You cannot apply for Attestation of Results or any other document if you have not registered and sat for the examination .

“The documents for application are a letter of application , police report on lost or damaged certificate , photocopy of lost or damaged certificate , two recent passport-sized photographs of the candidate, sworn affidavit for collection of attestation of results and administrative fee of N 20, 000 .”
But the Presidency, which spoke through Buhari ’ s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity , Garba Shehu , said the initiative to make the documents available to the President was that of the examination body.

Shehu, in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday , said WAEC authorities made it clear that they read about the controversy generated by the President’ s missing certificate and saw the need to save the council ’ s integrity.

The presidential spokesman added , “No, the President did not apply for the documents . I made this clear in an opinion I wrote on Friday .
“The presentation of the documents to the President was strictly an initiative of WAEC .
“They said they read about the controversy on the pages of newspapers and saw the need to save the integrity of the council. ”

Shehu had, in an opinion, titled ‘ President Buhari , WAEC and PDP ’ s toxic air’ , on Friday , quoted the examination body as saying that the controversy concerning Buhari ’ s school certificate was embarrassing and felt a sense of duty to produce and deliver the documents to him.
He had said, “This is a god - send, with WAEC being a non - political entity. This should put to rest the absurd allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party , brought up again and again , that he (Buhari ) did not attend a secondary school .”

WAEC said the controversy surrounding the President’ s picture was due to a guideline that the council used the photograph of the applicant for the attestation and not the pupil’ s picture as of the time of sitting for the examination .
WAEC also said it did not issue the attestation of results to Buhari in 2015 because there was no application for it .

It said, “WAEC does not record fail in certificates. He (Buhari ) did not apply for it in 2015 . In August 2015 , the council introduced Attestation of Results that can be obtained on request and that can serve as a replacement for lost or missing certificates.

“It should be the passport photo he (Buhari ) submitted during the application for Attestation of Results . Attestation of Results carries passport of the candidate’ s application when he or she applied. Candidates were first issued Attestation of Results by WAEC Nigeria in 2015.

“What we presented to President Buhari on Friday was a Statement / Attestation of Results and not a certificate. Subjects that a candidate had F 9s in are no longer captured in certificates or Attestation of Results. ”

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