The Katsina state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the governor of the state, Aminu Masari, has no requisite educational qualification to contest the 2019 governorship election. Governor Masari, who contested and won on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was sworn in for second term in office on May 29. According to the APC, Governor Masari is educationally qualified to be the governor having won his previous election in 2015 before the 2019 general elections, Daily Trust reports.

PDP lawyer, Goddy Uche (SAN), said Aminu Bello Masari, which is the governor’s full name, did not appear in all the certificates submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). According to the lawyer, the certificates only bear “Aminu Bello”. Uche said:

“The governor said he completed his primary school on its certificate in 1951. But his father however said his son was born in 1950. “There is no basis for the governor to even remain there, the certificate from England has no logo and a higher diploma, you can’t do that without diploma. These are clear before the court.”

The allegations were waved by the APC lawyer, Ernest Obunadike, who said that Masari was duly qualified to contest the election which he won. He said: “Masari was a former speaker and governor of the state. We wouldn’t want to join issues with petitioners or anybody if it’s true they made such allegation before the press.

The matter is before the court as such we don’t want to discuss it outside. “We prefer to test this issue at the court, let them prove it before the court. Once a matter is in court, you don’t discuss it this way. It is unfortunate for them to have done so.”