According to a Federal Capital Territory High Court, graduates who skipped the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme cannot be disqualified from governorship election in the country.
The court’s declaration came after a suit brought against the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, by Iyabo Anisulowo who is a former Senator.
According to findings made by schoolworld, it was discovered that Abiodun did not participate in the compulsory NYSC program despite the fact that he finished his first degree in 1986 and going by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) form CF001 that he filled ahead of the 2018 election which was supported by an affidavit.
However, in a pre-election suit no FHC/ABJ/CS/34/1019, the former senator sought the disqualification of Abiodun as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), on grounds that he skipped the NYSC scheme.
But in his judgement on Wednesday, M.A. Mohammed dismissed the first defendant’s notice of preliminary objection and proceeded to deliver judgement on the substantive suit.
He held that the plaintiff could not establish that the governor presented false academic claims to the INEC and also held that the NYSC Act does not make provision for the disqualification of a candidate who failed to participate in its scheme.
The case was however dismissed.
Followinf the judgement, graduates seeking to be future governors would no longer be asked to present their NYSC certificates.