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2015:I was pressurized to disqualify Buhari-Adoke

2015:I was pressurized to disqualify Buhari-Adoke

Nigeria’s former Attorney-General, Mohammed Awoke, SAN has revealed that he was under pressurized to disqualify then candidate, General Muhammadu BUHARI over his certificate issues.

Adoke’s disclosure was made public by Dele Momodu, Publisher of Ovation International Magazine while presenting the book, “On A Platter of Gold” by Bolaji Abdullahi.

According to Momodu, he wanted to corroborate some portions of he found in the book and had to call the individuals to verify the claims of the author.

According to Momodu “Further to our discussion sir, I hereby confirm that what Bolaji wrote in his book in respect of Mimiko putting pressure on me to issue a fiat to prosecute PMB (Buhari) is true.
“A lawyer had previously written to seek my fiat to prosecute PMB for forgery and I declined on the ground that there were no materials placed before me to exercise my discretion and that the request does not satisfy the legal threshold for me to exercise my discretion to grant fiat to prosecute General Buhari.
“Subsequent to that, I was called by Governor Mimiko who tried to prevail on me to issue the fiat for political expediency and I refused by making it very clear to him that the legal threshold for the exercise of my discretion has not been met and that in any case, assuming General Buhari has no secondary school certificate, he has the equivalent of a school certificate as he is a retired General and a former Head of State and thus satisfied the qualification requirement of the constitution to contest the office of the president.
“I further informed him that the Court of Appeal, Benin had settled the law in that aspect.
“I left him and proceeded to brief the President on my encounter with Governor Mimiko and my response to his request.
“President Jonathan agreed with me and said I should uphold the letters of the constitution and the law.
“And l added that he (Buhari) attended the War College in the United States as a serving General and as such more than qualified ”

Momodu also revealed that he also had a conversation with the Adamu Muazu,The former PDP Chairman, he too confirmed what Bolaji Abdullah who served as Minister of Youths and later, Minister of Sports under the Jibaghan administration.

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