NYSC Certificate: Court Reveals When Minister Adebayo Shittu Will Know Fate
Court Gives Final Verdict On Minister Adebayo Shittu NYSC Certificate Saga

A judge, Justice P.I. Ajoku has struck out a suit filed by the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, against the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Concise News reports that the minister sued his party for excluding his name from the list of gubernatorial aspirants in the March 9 general elections.

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Shittu was excluded following a report that showed he skipped the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.

The APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said then that the party considered Shittu’s action of skipping the NYSC an offence that disqualifies him from contesting to be governor.

Despite the stance of the APC, President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to keep Shittu as a minister.

Shittu, who aspired to govern Oyo State, filed the suit marked FHC/IB/CS/111/2018.

In her ruling, Ms Ajoku says that the case was struck out due to the fact that Shittu did not file the case within the time stipulated by law.

“I must first consider the provision of Section 285 of the constitution that makes it mandatory for all pre-election matters to be filed within 14 days of the occurrence.

“This particular case was not filed within 14 days, but outside the date.

“Therefore, I will not bother going into the merit of the case.

“Having failed to satisfy the dictates of the constitution, the matter is hereby, struck out,” the judge rules.

 

In his reaction to the ruling, the defence counsel, Adebayo Ojo, says the law has taken its due course.

“The judge acted by the 1999 constitution and it is a victory for democracy,” Ojo, a former commissioner for justice in Oyo State, says.

The plaintiff’s counsel, Abdulhakeem Mustafa, had tendered a 38 paragraph affidavit and 13 exhibits to support his claims.

Shittu had prayed the court to determine whether the action of his party to omit his name in the list of gubernatorial aspirants was lawful or a contravention of the constitution.

Joined as a respondent in the matter is the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Mustafa argues that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria required anyone seeking to be a state governor to possess a maximum of Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) and not necessarily an NYSC certificate. Now, a blow for Shittu!