Kabiru Masari, the running mate of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has informed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that his original credentials are missing.
The development comes amid the issue surrounding Tinubu’s primary and secondary school diplomas.
According to reports, Masari submitted to INEC an affidavit detailing the loss of his primary and secondary school credentials.
Nevertheless, he stated that he attended Masari Primary School in Katsina State from 1972 and 1978, earned a Grade 2 Certificate from Katsina Teachers College in 1982, and a Higher Certificate in 1995.
Masari stated in the affidavit for ‘Loss of Some Original Documents’ obtained from Divisional Police Headquarter, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja that he lost his Certificate of Grade 2 Certificate from Katsina Teachers College and First Leaving Primary School Certificate issued by Masari Primary School, Katsina State, while in transit within Wuse, Area FCT, Abuja in January 2021. (1972-78).
In addition, he stated that all efforts to locate the things were fruitless.
“Ibrahim Kabiru Masari, male, Muslim, Nigerian citizen of Abubakar Rimi Crescent, National Assembly Quarters, Apo, FCT–Abuja, proclaim an oath and state the following:
“That I am the above-named person and legitimate owner of the documents indicated below. That sometime in January 2021, while transiting 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 had been lost. That all attempts to locate the documents were fruitless, therefore this affidavit. That this affidavit is required for record purposes and for all relevant authorities and parties to take note,” the affidavit states.
According to Daily Trust, Tinubu chose Masari as a placeholder to satisfy INEC’s deadline for candidate submissions for the 2023 elections.