- Hon. Benjamin Kalu has been cleared by the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) and confirmed that he participated in the federal government scheme
- In a confirmation letter signed by the director-general of the NYSC, Hon Kalu was confirmed to have been issued a certificate of completion
- Hon Kalu is currently the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the Deputy Speakership seat of the House of Representatives
FCT, Abuja - The National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) has cleared the air on the controversy surrounding the NYSC certificate of Hon Benjamin Kalu, the honourable member-elect representing Bende Federal Constituency in Abia state.
Kalu, who is the anointed candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Deputy Speaker seat of the House of Reps, was issued a certificate of confirmation by the NYSC.
The confirmation letter, as obtained by Legit.ng on Tuesday, May 23, was duly signed by the director-general of the NYSC, Ibrahim A Muhammad.
The confirmation letter reads:
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"I wish to inform you that Mr. Kalu Benjamin Okezie with certificate number A001773067 and state code number EN/108/0567 reported to the NYSC with his original certificates of National Service for further verification on the 23rd May 2023.
"The certificate was further verified and informed to have been genuinely issued by the NYSC."
Ben Kalu Withdraws From Speakership Race, Reveals Next Step
In another development, Legit.ng reported that Hon. Benjamin Kalu says he would no longer vie for the speakership seat of the House of Representatives.
Kalu's decision was in line with the conclusion of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress to zone the position to the northwest.
However, the Deputy Speaker spot has been reserved for the southeast zone, and Kalu has been nominated for the role.
Ben Kalu Bags Powerful Endorsement for Deputy Speaker Seat
Meanwhile, Benjamin Kalu is in a pole position to become the next House of Representatives, Deputy Speaker.
On Tuesday, May 9, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) endorsed his nomination as the man who will flank Abbas Tajudeen at the lower chamber.
Similarly, the Igbo Mandate Movement Group (IMMG) 24 hours later pledged allegiance to the Deputy Speakership bid of Hon Kalu.