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Tinubu's certificate: Supreme Court verdict depends on what is pursued - Legal Expert

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The Nigerian constitution clearly states the terms and qualifications required for a presidential candidate, according to constitutional lawyer Professor Ritchard Wokocha.

Speaking on Nigeria Info's Hard Facts, Wokocha said understanding the qualifications spelt out in the constitution is pivotal in determining who can run for the highest office in the nation.

He added that it is challenging to predict with certainty how President Bola Tinubu's certificate controversy regarding his academic records, which the Chicago State University (CSU) released to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Monday, will be resolved because it "depends on what is being pursued."

Prof Wokocha also shed light on the Court of Appeal's stance on disqualification matters, which it deems as a "pre-election matter" requiring timely filing. He however added that there may be room to persuade the court to consider additional evidence for disqualification based on the grounds of a candidate telling a lie under oath.

"I think the question that all this is raising is whether somewhere along the line there's been a perjury and what should be made of it," he said.

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