Mohammed Adoke, a former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation revealed how he came under pressure to disqualify President Muhammadu Buhari from the 2015 election upon claims the then All Progressives Congress, APC presidential candidate was guilty of certificate forgery
The former AGF in an Interview with TheCable, an online news platform also disclosed how he helped quashed plot to install interim government in 2015
Adoke who claims to be living off friends in exile in his narration on how he was brought under pressure to prosecute Buhari for certificate forgery said: “It is true that some people came to me and said Buhari should be disqualified because of certificate 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. 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.”
Read full interview with TheCable