The allegation of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate forgery leveled against the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah has been denied by the party’s campaign council in the state.
While describing the allegation as the conjecture of an indolent opposition and the last kick of a dying horse, the campaign council stated that the opposition party in Enugu State has since come to terms with the fact that it has no prospect in the 2023 governorship election and therefore resorted to smearing campaigns.
A press statement issued on Monday by the Director of Public Communications and Spokesperson of the Enugu State PDP campaign council, Nana Ogbodo noted there is no truth whatsoever to the allegation.
“Our attention has been drawn to a press conference by a faceless group in Abuja, which claimed to have conducted a check at the NYSC under the Freedom of Information Act 2011, which purportedly showed that our governorship candidate, Dr. Peter Mbah, submitted a forged NYSC certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“We make bold to say that Dr. Peter Mbah was duly mobilised for the one-year mandatory national youth service in Lagos in 2002, duly completed the exercise, and was issued with an NYSC discharge certificate,” the statement noted.
The statement added, “We state unequivocally that these purveyors of malicious falsehood are the real forgers, as everything about the letter they claimed to have emanated from the NYSC bears all the imprimaturs of forgery; the language too inelegant and unofficial to have emanated from the NYSC.
“We have equally observed that the said malicious press statement was not signed by any official of the faceless group.
“We call on media organisations and interested Nigerians to approach the NYSC to confirm the veracity of the purported letter”.
“We are however taking steps in accordance with the provisions of the law to bring the perpetrators to book”.
The campaign council recalled that the opposition tried their hands at other malicious and criminal falsehoods, including forgery of court processes to malign and bring down Dr. Peter Mbah.
“Rather than the present and market their manifestos to the Enugu electorate, they had earlier forged court processes and also filed frivolous and malicious lawsuits claiming that Dr. Mbah had entered into a plea of guilt and plea bargain, hence not qualified to stand for election.
“We call on the Nigerian public to disregard this latest perfidy as the umpteenth mischief by an indolent opposition and last kick of a dying horse”, the statement further added.