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2023: My Original Certificate Missing – Masari, Tinubu’s Running Mate Tells INEC

Ibrahim Kabiru Masari, running mate to APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has told the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that his original school certificates are missing.

DIPLOMATIC DIARY reports that Tinubu chose Masari as a placeholder to meet INEC’s deadline of submitting names of candidates for the 2023 elections.

He was nominated in compliance with the guidelines of the Electoral Act

Masari in his submission to INEC deposed to an affidavit on the loss of his primary and secondary schools certificates.

He however said that he attended Masari Primary school, Katsina State between 1972-78.

He also obtained a Grade 2 Certificate from Katsina Teachers College in 1982 and a Higher Certificate in 1995.

According to his sworn affidavit, he lost the certificates in January 2021, while on transit within Wuse, Area FCT, Abuja. He also said that all efforts made to trace the items proved abortive.

The affidavit for ‘Loss of Some Original Documents’ was obtained from Divisional Police Headquarters, Wuse Zone 3.

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.”

The development comes amid the controversy over the primary and secondary schools certificates of Tinubu..

Tinubu had declared that all his academic certificates  were looted by “unknown persons”  when his property at the Balarabe Musa Crescent in Victoria Island, Lagos, was invaded by agents of former Head of State, late Gen. Sani Abacha, in 1997.

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