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Shittu sues APC over NYSC certificate

Shittu sues APC over NYSC certificate
October 15
12:03 2018
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Adebayo Shittu, minister of communications, has taken the All Progressives Congress (APC) to court for disqualifying him as a governorship aspirant.

The APC screened Shittu out of the race for not presenting a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme discharge certificate.

According NAN, Shittu in the originating summons, argued that it was wrong for APC to disqualify him for not presenting the certificate.

The minister said participation in the NYSC scheme was not a condition precedent to be satisfied before he was appointed a minister.

Shittu is asking the court to determine “whether by the provision of Section 2(1) of the National Youth Service Corps Decree No. 24 of 1973 and/or any other provision of the Decree being the law in force as at 1978 when the Plaintiff graduated at the University of Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife) he was under any legal obligation to have warranted the plaintiff’s participation in the National Youth Service Corps in the absence of a call-up instrument duly served on the Plaintiff by the National Youth Service Corps.

“Whether, by the combined reading of sections 176-183 of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria [as Amended] and Article 20(iii) & (iv) of the Constitution of the All Progressive Congress; it is a condition that the gubernatorial aspirant of the 1st Defendant (APC) and/or any political party for that matter in Nigeria must present the National Youth Service Corps Discharge/Exemption Certificate;

”Whether it is ultra vires the powers of the 1st defendant to have disqualified the plaintiff from participating in its primary election for nomination of the governorship candidate of the 1st defendant in Oyo State for the 2019 General Election on the ground that the plaintiff does not possess National Youth Service Corps Discharge/Exemption Certificate;

”Whether it does not amount to denial of fair hearing as enshrined in section 36(1) of the 1999 constitution of as amended for the 1st defendant to have purportedly disqualified the plaintiff from contesting for governorship election in Oys state under the platform of the 1st defendant without availing the Plaintiff an opportunity to be heard on the allegations that the plaintiff avoided the National Youth Service Scheme; and

”Whether by the combined reading of the provisions of Sections 147(5), 65(1)(b) & (2), 66 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and Section 12 of the National Youth Service Corps Act, Cap N84 laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004, the plaintiff was qualified to have been appointed as a Minister capable of holding the office, and/or any other governmental office at any level notwithstanding the fact that he did not participate in the National Youth Service Corps scheme.”

In an affidavit in personally swore to and filed by A.U. Mustapha, his counsel, Shittu said there was no “call-up instrument” served on him when he graduated.

“I was liable but not obligated to have participated in the National Youth Service Corps Scheme both at the time I graduated from the said University and as at the time I was called to the Nigerian bar,” the affidavit read.

“I know as a fact that I was also not served any notice or notified in any manner to proceed to participate in the National Youth Service Corps scheme.

“I know as a fact that participation in the National Youth Service Corps programme is not one of the requirements to be satisfied under the 1st defendant’s constitution to enable me participate in the primary election for Nominating the party flag bearer for the office of governor of Oyo state in the 2019 general election. A copy of the Constitution of the 1st Defendant is hereby attached and marked as ‘Exhibit SHITTU 8’.

“I also know as a fact that under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) it is not a requirement for me to have participated in National Youth Service Corps Scheme to be eligible for participation in the 1st Defendant’s primary election for Nomination of its flag bearer in Oyo State for the 2019 General election.

“I know also as a fact that the Electoral Act 2010 [as amended] did not make participation in the National Youth Service Corps Scheme a condition precedent for contesting any elective office whatsoever. I know also that participation in NYSC Scheme is not one of the requirements to enable me take part in primary election for nomination of the 1st defendant’s flag bearer for the office of governor of Oyo state in the 2019 General election.”

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  1. Spaco
    Spaco October 15, 16:41

    THIS IS A TYPICAL NIGERIAN POLITICIAN, THE REASON OUR COUNTRY IS BACKWARD! THEY WILL DO ANYTHING TO HANG ON TO POWER FOR SELFISH INTERESTS DUE. HE SHOULD BE BOOTED OUT OF THAT POSITION, ARRESTED AND JAILED! WHAT ARRANT RUBBISH?

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  2. SirJay
    SirJay October 15, 17:57

    Alhaji or Malam Shittu is a huge disgrace. He should take a queue from Mrs Adeosun and resign if the word ‘integrity’ means anything where he comes from. And to think that he’s supposed to be a lawyer beats me! Please sir, resign from your ministerial appointment before you will again sue the FG when you’re eventually fired. To serve is not by force!

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