The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara state, Razak Atunwa, has described as untrue and unfounded a newspaper's report that he forged his NYSC certificate.

An online medium, Premium Times had reported that Atunwa had issue with his mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate.

But, in a swift reaction Atunwa,  said that he did not submit any unsupported NYSC certificate as suggested by the online medium.

The PDP gubernatorial candidate added: “I did not submit any unsupported NYSC certificate as suggested by you( Premium Times).

“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.

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

The NYSC law requires every Nigerian who attended university or polytechnic to participate in the national youth scheme for one year after graduation, provided the person finished before age 30.

Failure to serve would prohibit such individual from gainful employment in Nigeria, and making false claims about serving could attract up to 14 years in jail.

Also, anyone who graduated before age 30 but deliberately declined to serve has committed a crime that could attract 12-month imprisonment, even if the person did not forge NYSC documents.

Only a person who obtained a degree after 30 or served in the military or won national honours medal would qualify for exemption certificate under the NYSC law.

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