The All Progressives Congress (APC) has disqualified Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications, from the race for the party’s governorship ticket in Oyo State.

The APC’s governorship aspirant screening committee initially cleared Shittu despite the emergence of evidence he did not undergo the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) — same offence for which Kemi Adeosun had to quit.   

However, after the party’s National Working Committee met to review the report of the screening committee, it decided against clearing him.

Earlier in his reaction to the scandal, Oyo-born Shittu declared that his own issue was different from that of former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, who resigned of her NYSC certificate scandal.

According to him, whereas that of Adeosun was the presentation of a fake exemption certificate, he never obtained any certificate.

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He said: “I left (University) in 1978 and left law school in 1979 and the constitution says anyone who qualifies to contest an election or who has gone through an election and wins, he is obligated to move through the House of Assembly which I did for four years, so it is a form of higher service as far as I’m concerned, and even now, I am still in service.”

On whether he agrees that he has violated the provisions of the NYSC Act, the Minister said, “I don’t see… and I’m not worried. Do you see any worry on my face? I don’t think so, except someone has a superior argument and prove it.”

Stressing that his case was not like that of Adeosun, Shittu said: “There is a world of difference. Unfortunately, Kemi had a fake certificate, I didn’t present any. I didn’t have one, I simply followed the constitutional requirement that if you are qualified to contest an election, it is compulsory for you to serve the nation in the capacity that you won an election.”

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