By Ononye VC
The senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District,Senator Princess Stella Oduah has threatened to drag the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)to court if they fail to retract a scandalous letter they wrote alleging that she absconded from the National Youth Service.In a statement made available to the media,senator Oduah said the matter in question was a ploy by her detractors not only to embarrass her but to derail her political career.She pointed out that thesame scenario played out in 2019 wherein she got a court judgement in her favour against the plaintiff such that it was clear to everyone that she duely completed her youth service.Part of the letter released to the media reads;Our attention has been called to your scandalous letter in which you acknowledged that Sen. Stella Oduah was mobilized for youth service in 1982 and served in the Lagos orientation camp but then concluded that she “absconded” and was not issued a certificate of discharge. That reckless statement which we consider grossly irresponsible no doubt suggests that it was procured from you for political considerations in favour of Sen. Oduah’s political detractors. We are shocked that you condescended so low to make such false and unverified conclusions which is damaging to her character and image. For the avoidance of doubt, Sen. Oduah’s NYSC place of primary assignment was the popular Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA). When a similar allegation was made by her political contenders in 2017, NECA issued a letter dated 11th January 2017 Ref No: NECA/SELA/H4 confirming that she carried out her NYSC primary assignment with them. Find attached a copy of that letter for reference as well as a photograph of our client as a youth corper That issue also attended litigation and she has a court judgment in her favour in the case of Chinedu Emmanuel Emeka v. Princess Stella Oduah , EPT/AWK/SEN/13/2019Ordinarily, one need not be bothered about any other similar allegations in the light of the aforesaid judgment and the fact that NYSC is not a constitutional qualification to hold any public office in Nigeria, but your statement has to a large extent defamed herIn your exact words, “after the orientation course, she absconded” It is curious how a person who had participated in all NYSC activities at the Orientation Camp can be said to have “absconded” because she left for her place of primary assignment as it was routine. It is either you chose to ignore your record or your office has failed to keep proper records. You are by this letter given 48 hours to retract your statement failing which legal actions shall be commenced against you.Senator Oduah said she was believing in God that all the designs of her detractors will fail.