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NYSC certificate: Mbah’s mandate has come to stay, group tells opponents

By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu
13 April 2023   |   4:09 am
A Civil society advocacy group, the Enugu Good Governance Group (E-3G), has dismissed allegations of forgery of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate against the governor-elect of Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah..

Dr. Peter Mbah

A Civil society advocacy group, the Enugu Good Governance Group (E-3G), has dismissed allegations of forgery of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate against the governor-elect of Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah, describing it as handiwork of “foolish, old story, bad losers and paid smear campaigners.”

While urging Enugu’s opposition to come to terms with the fact that election season and its attendant propaganda had passed, and it is time to align forces for good governance of the state, the group enjoined persons and parties, who are aggrieved over the outcome of the March 18 polls to approach the courts and election petition tribunal.

It described the group, Total Support for the Rule of Law and Justice Initiative, as “faceless character assassins” hired by people it described as bad losers to smear the person of Mbah, delegitimise and, possibly, truncate the popular mandate bestowed on him by the people of Enugu. E-3G’s intervention was contained in a statement by its National Coordinator, Odinaka Okechukwu, in Enugu, yesterday.

While commending Mbah for his February petitions to the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the group urged security agencies to expedite investigations into the matter to bring “all members of the syndicate of hatchet jobbers and their sponsors” to book to serve as a deterrent to others.

The group said: “Our attention has been drawn to renewed circulation of the same old letter, claiming that the NYSC discharge certificate submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by Mbah is forged.

“This is a ridiculous claim and the people of Enugu, as well as Nigerian public should continue to disregard it.

“Subsection 177 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) provides that “a person shall be qualified for election to the office of governor of a state if (a) he is a citizen of Nigeria by birth; (b) he has attained the age of 35; (c) he is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that party; and (d) he has been educated up to at least school certificate level or its equivalent.’

“So, it makes no sense to claim that an experienced lawyer and entrepreneur like Mbah submitted a forged NYSC discharge certificate to INEC when it is not a constitutional or mandatory requirement to run for the office of governor.”

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