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The
Peoples Democratic Party request President Mohammadu Buhari To Resign in
reaction to the outburst of the minister of information, Lai Mohammed for
allegedly admitting that the president was not in possession of the required
certificate and begged Nigerians to pardon him
The
opposition party gave the advice ahead of the judgment of the Presidential
Election Petition Tribunal in its case against the declaration of Buhari as
winner of the 2019 presidential poll.

But it was
learnt that the Ministry of Information had clarified that the video on the matter was taken from the interview granted by the minister as far back as
2015.
“While it
is true that Lai Mohammed made the comment when he appeared on Channels
Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, the impression being given
that it is recent is misleading. The minister made the comment as far back as
2015,” a source in the ministry said.
However,
addressing a press conference in Abuja yesterday, the PDP’s National Publicity
Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, urged the judiciary to resist what he called
attempts to blackmail it from doing justice to the pending petition.
At the press conference which was tagged “Plea For Pardon: Vacate Office Now”, the PDP
said it had reviewed the video of the media interview by Mohammed and had come
to the conclusion that “President Buhari should save the judiciary and the
nation further troubles by immediately throwing in the towel and vacating the
presidential seat following the official admission that he (Buhari) does not
possess a WAEC certificate, contrary to his claims and disposition before the
law.
“Our party
mocks the Buhari presidency for pushing out the video wherein the minister
pleaded with Nigerians to pardon President Buhari over his false WAEC
certificate claims.”
PDP
alleged that the pushing out of the video was “the deliberate ploy of Alhaji
Lai Mohammed to appeal to sentiments, seeing that Mr President had failed to
defend himself before the Presidential petition tribunal.”
The party
berated the Buhari presidency “for believing that in pushing the video into the
public space, it could influence the mind of the tribunal to bend the law after
solid evidence has been presented before it against President Buhari.”
The PDP
further claimed that “the pronouncement and appeal for pardon issued by the
government’s spokesperson, who is also a lawyer, is a direct guilty plea, which
cannot save President Buhari from the course of justice in this matter.”
The  opposition party further said:” From the official pronouncement by the minister
on national television, it is no longer in dispute before all Nigerians that
President Buhari does not possess the educational certificate he claimed in the
affidavit he deposed to in his presidential nomination form.
“In this
latest shenanigan, President Buhari and his handlers ought to have known that
the law, which the judiciary is bound to uphold, is a respecter of no man.”
The party
reminded Buhari of how his presidency vehemently applied the law in a similar
circumstance to remove ahead of an arm of government; a situation, which the
PDP noted has rendered Buhari’s plea for a pardon a complete nullity before the
law.
The PDP
further submitted that if President Buhari indeed sought pardon from Nigerians,
he should do the needful by toeing the path of honour and vacating the
presidential seat without further delay.
“It is
disheartening that Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) would put our the nation through the troubles of legal hassles when they knew all the while that
they were building something on nothing.”

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