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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Ex-AGF, Adoke, reveals why he did not charge Buhari to court for certificate forgery

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- Bello Adoke said he was asked by some people to charge Buhari to court for certificate forgery 
- The former AGF claimed he refused in order to prevent mayhem 
- He said he was accused of working against Jonathan 

Bello Adoke who served as attorney-general of the federation during the administration of Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that he was asked to charge Muhammadu Buhari to court for certificate forgery. Buhari’s certificate saga has been an issue of contention with members of the opposition claiming he did not have the requirement necessitated by law to contest in the election. 


In an interview with The Cable, the former attorney-general said he was approached to charge Buhari to court in the run-up to the election and was also asked to set up an interim government to which he resisted. He said he upheld the constitution and even saw some cases against Buhari as unnecessary.

Adoke said: “It is true that some people came to me and said Buhari should be disqualified because of certificate forgery. 
“As a man with fidelity to the Constitution, I dismissed the suggestion quickly.” 
“As a man with fidelity to the Constitution, I dismissed the suggestion quickly.”
“In fact, there were cases in court which I felt were not necessary. 
“They were already becoming a security threat. 
“As a responsible attorney-general, I believed we did not need further crisis in the country. “Boko Haram was enough problem for us. I resisted pressures to compound the security challenges in the country by filing or authorising such cases to be filed on behalf of the government.

“I was not doing President Muhammadu Buhari any favour, I must say that. I was being faithful to the laws of the land. That was the duty expected of me. If you call that sympathy, so be it. But I didn’t do him a favour.”

He said his refusal to file charges was based on the fact that there was no case of forgery. “There was pressure to issue a fiat to charge him to court for forgery. But I made my position very clear that I could not see any forgery at all. “The law did not require you to submit any certificate to INEC and Buhari did not submit any certificate. 

“The law only said you must have a minimum qualification of so so and so. “Therefore, where was the forgery? If he didn’t submit a certificate, where was forgery? There is no police report, no investigation. No responsible attorney-general will issue any such fiat based on the record before me. “But I could have been reckless if I wanted to be reckless. I could have been irresponsible if I wanted to be irresponsible. I could have issued the fiat.” Adoke said some people reported to Goodluck Jonathan that he was working for Buhari but insisted he only prevented mayhem.

“There could have been mayhem. There could have been destruction. That could have led to the postponement of the elections.
“I know what attorneys-general have done in the past, not minding the consequences for the polity. I know what they are capable of doing. But I am a constitutional purist. “When they mooted the idea of an interim government, I was the one that came out to say the concept of interim government is unknown to law. “People told President Jonathan that I was disloyal, that I was working for Buhari.

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