The Rule of Law and Justice Initiative, and Enugu Progressive Forum, have challenged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial aspirant of Enugu State, Peter Mbah, to show his NYSC certificate or withdraw from the race.
At a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, the Media and Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Cynthia Mbakwe, said their prayers have been answered by a court and the police have been directed to probe the allegation.
According to her, a forged NYSC certificate to INEC is in violation of Section 182 (1)( j) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
She said by Section 182 (1)( j), of the 1999 Constitution as amended, the Constitution provides ‘ No person shall be suitable for election to the office of Governor of a State if he has presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission. ’
She said “We now, hence, challenge Peter Ndubuisi Mbah to make available his duplicate of the NYSC Certificate in his possession to any civil society organization of his choice to approach the NYSC for verification and that similar organization should make their findings public.
Gentlemen, recall also that in our last briefing, we made available to you a copy of the Direct Criminal Complaint we had already filed and which made it gratuitous for Peter Mbah to write another petition.
We’re now pleased to inform you that our prayers have been answered and the Honourable Court has directed the Police to probe our allegations.
The Registrar of the Court has also written a letter communicating the same to the Police authorities and Mr. Peter is hereby informed to respond to the summons of the Police and stop running down.
It’s a court-ordered investigation and it must be carried out completely.
We insisted you have a forged certificate and you privately rushed to Court to ask for a declaration that the NYSC certificate isn’t a qualifying factor. Yes, we know it’s not, So why did you put a forged certificate when you know you don’t have it?
Why do you privately rush to Court to say it’s only a person that participated in the PDP primary that can challenge the aftereffect?
We aren’t challenging your primary election result, we only say produce your NYSC Discharge Certificate or quietly withdraw from the race for forgery.