Outgoing Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko, was the arrowhead of the claim that Muhammadu Buhari, at the time the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, did not have the West African School Certificate (WASC), a senior minister under former President Goodluck Jonathan has disclosed.
According to the account, Dr. Mimiko then approached the then Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke, to issue a fiat to a lawyer from Ondo State to commence legal proceedings against Buhari, with aVIEW to disqualifying him as a candidate.
Bello, reportedly now on self-exile in Holland, reportedly asked President Jonathan if he knew of the plan by Mimiko to prosecute Buhari for not having a WAEC certificate, but Jonathan was non-committal. That made Bello to advise against the idea, saying that by having been Head of State, an Army General and attending the War College, Buhari already had more qualifications than the WASC.
However, Mimiko decided to take matters into his own hands by funding a myriad of lawsuits to disqualify Buhari using Ondo State funds to enable several groups and lawyers to file multiple lawsuits.
The former minister, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Mimiko was one of the hawks who pushed Jonathan to do lots of “crazy” things, including at one point asking Jonathan toORDER the arrest of Buhari over unproven allegations that he was aiding Boko Haram insurgents.