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NYSC Certificate Saga: Kemi Adeosun Shares Her Struggles

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NYSC Certificate Saga: Kemi Adeosun Shares Her Struggles

former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun has come out to reveal how she was able to forge ahead after the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate saga.

Adeosun said she wept every day without working for three months.

Adesosun, who spoke at the 10th anniversary of the Uncommon Woman Conference organised by the Jesus House Church, United Kingdom, explained that she felt like she was in a horrible pit.

According to her, everything about her life was at a standstill while she had to deal with shame, betrayal, disappointment, and humiliation.

Adeosun explained, “That period of life was tough for me. I went to step into the shoes of someone like Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. So, I was under fire from day one, it looked like things were not working. Then all of a sudden,the economy started to improve. It was like I was beginning to see the desired result. Then out of nowhere, the certificate scandal came. And before I knew it, everything turned upside down. And that was how the issue went viral.”

Adeosun said it was sad that she was even unable to tell her side of the story and had to resign when she could no longer bear it.

The former minister said, “I was born and raised in the United Kingdom; indeed, my parental family home remains in London. My visits to Nigeria up until the age of 34 were holidays, with visas obtained in my UK passport. When I finished school, there was no opportunity for dual citizenship; I either renounce my British citizenship or hold on to it and work here. I didn’t renounce mine. I finished school at 21 and started working at 22.

I obtained my first Nigerian passport at the age of 34 and when I relocated, there was debate as to whether the NYSC law applied to me.  Upon enquiry as to my status relating to the NYSC, I was informed that due to my residency history and having exceeded the age of 30, I was exempted from the requirement to serve. Until recent events, that remained my understanding.

“On the basis of that advice and with the guidance and assistance of those I thought were trusted associates, the NYSC was approached for documentary proof of status. I then received the certificate in question. Having never worked in the NYSC, visited the premises, been privy to or familiar with their operations, I had no reason to suspect that the certificate was anything but genuine.

“Indeed, I presented that certificate at the 2011 Ogun State House of Assembly and in 2015 for the Department of State Services clearance as well as to the National Assembly for screening. I sought legal advice and there was no problem I could get an exemption for the NYSC.

I was so ashamed at that time because I was into teenagers’ mentoring and all of that. So, the experience negated the lessons I had taught my teenagers. I cried every day for three months; I didn’t do anything for anyone or myself for those months. I just cried, cried, and cried.

She added, “I thought I would feel better when I got vindicated by the court but I still wasn’t happy. The court cleared my name three years later but it took another time of counselling and therapy before I felt better.

“It was thereafter I forged ahead with life and started my charity work.”

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Publish Details Of Your Assets Before Campaign, SERAP Tells Obi, Atiku, Others

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Publish Details Of Your Assets Before Campaign, SERAP Tells Obi, Atiku, Others

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on Presidential candidates to publish details of their assets ahead of campaigns.

The advocacy agency disclosed this in a statement, also advising candidates to shun vote-buying.

“Ahead of the start of campaigns on 28 Sept, we’re again calling on Atiku Abubakar, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Peter Obi, and Rabiu Kwankwaso, to immediately publish details of their assets, publicly reject vote-buying, and commit to the rule of law, if elected,” SERAP wrote.

Recall, in July, the flagbearer of the African Action Congress, (AAC), Omoyele Sowore had earlier declared his asset.

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In his declaration, a Toyota Camry & Lexus RX 350, a N5 million home in his village, three iPhones, a Galaxy Note 10 Lite, SaharaReporters Media Group, and a four-bedroom bungalow in New Jersey, were listed as his assets, cash exclusive.

He became the first Presidential candidate ahead of the 2023 general elections to declare his asset.

Also, in related matters, SERAP has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari over $23 million recovered Sani Abacha’s loot.

The advocacy organization disclosed this in a statement, also charging the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, stating that the Federal Government failed to publish details of the agreement signed with the United States over the repatriated funds.

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Read How PDP’s Senator, Nnamani Made Tinubu’s Campaign List

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How PDP’s Senator, Nnamani Made Tinubu's Campaign List

Chimaroke Nnamani, a senator under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party’s inclusion on the rival’s party campaign list, has been said to be intentional.

Recall, on Friday, September 23, 2022, the All Progressives Congress (APC), released a 422-member list of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).

The list which had the exclusion of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, got everyone talking as Nnamani, who is a loyalist to Abubakar Atiku, was selected.

READ ALSO: See The Full List Of Tinubu’s Presidential Campaign Council

Clearing the air on the issue, the director of media and publicity, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, revealed in a statement that the inclusion of the Senator was not an error.

“The PCC will also want to make it clear that the inclusion of the name of HE Chimaroke Nnamani, a renowned senator from Enugu State, was not an error.

“As a supporter of our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he is listed on the list in his own right. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is close with distinguished senator Chimaroke Nnamani, who is still abroad in the United States.

“Although he might not be on the field with them as a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate, his presence suggested that he may have chosen to give his longtime friend and brother “moral support.”

“In any case, the PCC cannot dictate how much Senator Nnamani will support his friend and brother,” The statement read.

Onanuga added that the party is proud to be associated with Nnnamani, but any explanation of his status should come from the other party, not from APC.

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2023 Elections: INEC Issues Campaign Guidelines

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2023 Elections: INEC Issues Campaign Guidelines

Few months before the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Kwara State Command has released guidelines for the commencement of campaigns.

Disclosing this via an announcement during a meeting, in the State’s capital, Ilorin, Malam Garba Attahiru, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) represented by the INEC Administrative Secretary, Mr. Julius Yagba revealed that 14 activities had been successfully implemented, and the 14th is the publication of the final list of nominated candidates by INEC on September 20, 2022.

READ ALSO: 2023 Elections: Buhari Warns Foreign Observers

“Relying on Section 92 of the Electoral Act, 2022, the commission expects the political campaigns to be civil, devoid of abusive language, and without any rancor. Section 92 of the Electoral Act 2022, forbids any political campaign or slogan tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly or one likely to injure religious, ethnic, tribal, or sectional feelings.

“Therefore abusive, intemperate, slanderous or base language or insinuations or innuendoes intended or likely to provoke violent reactions or emotion should be avoided.

“Parties and candidates are to avoid training or enlisting the services of individuals or groups, like; masquerades, for the purpose of adopting physical force or coercion in a manner likely to arouse apprehension during campaigns,” the REC said.

He said the next activity in line was the commencement of campaigns by the political parties which would begin by September 28, 2022, adding that the meeting was designed to remind all stakeholders about the responsibilities and expectations during the campaigns.

READ ALSO: 2023 Elections: INEC Proposes 1 Million Officials In 176,846 Polling Units

According to him, campaigns for the offices of president and national assembly will commence on September 28, and the governorship and state house of assembly will commence on October 12.

The use of armed private security organizations during campaigns or election processions is also prohibited, according to Yagba.

The REC further elaborated that any candidate or aspirant who equips any person or group to display physical force or commit an offense and is liable on conviction will be fined N500,000 or three years imprisonment.

He urged the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to monitor the campaign processes as well as ensure efficient and effective deployment of personnel for peaceful electioneering.

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