Hon. Razak Atunwa. Getty Images

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State in the forthcoming general elections, Razak Atunwa, has dismissed reports that he did not participate in the national youth service scheme.

Premium Times reports that the former Speaker of Kwara State of Assembly procured a forged discharge certificate of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) which he submitted to the PDP to prove his eligibility for public office.

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Reacting to the allegations, Atunwa said he is “fully compliant with all the legal requirements to be elected to the Office of the Governor of Kwara State.”

He added, “I did not submit any unsupported NYSC certificate as suggested by you.

“I strongly advise that you verify each and every assertion you wish to make. You may wish to make formal enquiries/verifications of all institutions concerned.

“You should also be circumspect enough to authenticate the provenance of any document you may be handed if it’s not from a formal and official source.

“An organization such as yours should not fall short of the required legal and ethical standards.”

Atunwa also told Premium Times that he broke no law because he did not submit any fake document to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He declined to explain why he failed to participate in the mandatory national service scheme.