The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Razak Atunwa is alleged to be embroiled in a forgery involving his National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) certificate.
Atunwa was reported to have procured a discharge certificate of the NYSC which was forged before submission to the PDP Secretariat to prove his suitability for the governorship position.
Atunwa was born on October 17, 1969, and according to the information provided by him, he studied law at the University of East London, graduating in 1992 at the age of 23.
This translates to a mandatory year-long service for the young Atunwa according to the provisions of Section 2 of the NYSC Act.
Having earned a bachelor’s degree at 23, Atunwa, going by Section 2 of the NYSC Act, should have participated in the year-long national service.
However, he stayed back in the United Kingdom, returning to Nigeria later in 2005 in order to serve in the cabinet of a former governor, Bukola Saraki at the age of 36.
He was the commissioner of Lands and Housing, Works and Transport and Finance at different points in his political career in Kwara State.
In 2011 he became speaker of the state’s house of assembly and 2015 he became a member of the House of Representatives.
He submitted a fake NYSC discharge certificate together with an affidavit in order to secure the PDP nomination for the governorship ticket.
Atunwa indicated that he partook in the youth service scheme between 1995 and 1996. For one, his ‘certificate’ purportedly obtained in 1996 carried the signature of Walter Oki.
However, discoveries showed Oki was made the Director-General (DG) of the NYSC in 2oo2 while Soyemi Sofoluwe was the during the period Atunwa procured his certificate.
Sofoluwe was succeeded by S.M. Dule, who served as the Director-General between 1996 and 2000.
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