Chief Livinus Chukwudi Okwara of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State has counselled the party and other parties on how to handle the matter of their candidate’s academic qualifications before to elections.
Okwara voiced his belief that the concerns surrounding President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Chicago State University (CSU) diploma and academic records should have been handled internally within the party.
To avoid the situation deteriorating and severely harming the country’s ongoing democratic process, the APC chieftain proposes that Nigerians prioritise education as a crucial priority during the pre-election period rather than after the polls.
Okwara suggests that the party properly investigate the educational qualifications of their candidates before approving or disqualify them based on the criteria outlined in the party’s constitution before allowing them to run for any elective position.
He contends that this procedure would be more efficient and would safeguard candidates who do not satisfy the required qualifications from legal challenges, high electoral expenses, or even disqualification from standing for their desired posts.
He warns Nigerians not to divide the country by putting too much weight on certificates.
Chief Okwara maintained that President Tinubu’s CSU dispute is inflaming the political climate unnecessarily.
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