A coalition of civil society groups which had petitioned the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, demanding confirmation of the latter’s certificate obtained by the Enugu governor-elect,Mr Peter Mbah,after doubting its authenticity,said it has been vindicated by the position of the NYSC Director General that the certificate was fake.
Recall that the Director General of NYSC, Brig. Gen.YD Ahmed has said that the discharge certificate held by Enugu State Governor-elect, Barr. Peter Mbah, was not issued by the body.
The NYSS boss, who was featured on Arise Television’s breakfast programme, Friday,, said the argument on whether Mbah has a valid NYSC certificate or not, does not arise because he has told the PDP candidate in the 2023 governorship elections that what he presented as a certificate was fake.
“Everyone knows how we issue our certificate in NYSC we don’t give it in hotel rooms or houses,” he had said.
Reacting, the groups, Total Support for the Rule of Law and Justice Initiative and Enugu Progressive Forum, whose petition to the NYSC, led to the development, said it has been vindicated.
The coalition hailed the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps “for his boldness and forthrightness in declaring that the certificate of National Service being paraded by Mr Peter Ndubuisi Mbah is fake.”
In a press statement released to newsmen on Friday by the Director Compliance, Oluseyi Adegbenjo Esq, the groups said they have been vindicated by the statements made by the DG during a live interview on national television.
“The DG pointedly denied that the NYSC issued the said certificate and admitted that Mr Peter Mbah approached the Corps following our exposure of the forgery and that he was shown proof why the NYSC is of the belief that it did not issue the said certificate,” the statement read.
The groups insisted that Mr Peter Mbah should confess and apologize to the people of Enugu for the embarrassment he has caused them by holding the doubtful certificate and bringing the entire state to disrepute following the controversy the issue has caused.
“When Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun was exposed for parading a fake certificate, she ran away. So we believe it is time for Mr Peter Mbah to run away from Enugu now before it is too late. If he waits for a Court to make a pronouncement on the fake certificate, then he should be ready to go to jail” the statement continued.
The groups also demanded apology from the Enugu governor-elect “for the unprintable names.”
“He had also called us a faceless group parading forged letters.”
“Now that Mr Peter Mbah has confirmed that we are not a faceless group parading forged letters, we urge him to accept responsibility and also to apologise to us for the unprintable names he called us” the groups added.
Already, the Enugu State Governor-elect has dragged the NYSC and its Director, Corps Certification, Ibrahim Muhammad before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, demanding the sum N20 billion as damages over alleged conspiracy, deceit, and misrepresentation of facts.
Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja, had on Monday, upon a motion ex-parte by Mbah’s counsel, Emeka Ozoani, SAN, sequel to the lawsuit, made “An order of interim injunction restraining the defendants and respondents whether by themselves, their directors, officers, servants, legal representatives, counsel or any other person or persons howsoever described and connected, from issuing, publishing or continued to issue, publish disclaimer to the effect that the NYSC certificate of National Service dated 6th January, 2003, certificate No. A808297 issued to the Plaintiff, Barrister Mbah Peter Ndubuisi, in accordance with Section 11 of the NYSC Decree No. 51 of 1993 was not issued by NYSC pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed in this suit”