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The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Enugu State, on Tuesday struck out the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 18th of March election, Uche Nnaji, against Governor Peter Mbah of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Nnaji also joined Chijioke Edeoga of the Labour Party (LP) and Frank Nweke of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the petition.
The APC candidate had alleged that the candidates of the three other political parties were not qualified to contest the March 18 election.
He also alleged that they failed to disclose their assets when they served in various public offices before participating in the election.
However, in a ruling delivered by its Chairman, Justice K. M. Akano, the tribunal held that the petition was not filed in line with the provisions of the 2022 Electoral Act.
Meanwhile, Mbah, yesterday, approved the appointment of Victor Udeh as Chief of Staff, Ken Chukwuegbo as Principal Secretary and 22 others.
Chukwuegbo, before his appointment, was the Head of Service of the state and had acted as Principal Secretary during the administration of former Governor Chimaroke Nnamani.
Other appointments by the governor include Kenneth Ugwu (Head of Service), Tony Okenwa (State Accountant General), Angela Nnamani (Executive Chairman, Enugu State Internal Revenue Service), Prof. Linda Obiamaka Egbo (Special Adviser, Public Financial Management), Arinze Chilo-Offiah (Special Adviser, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises), Dubem Onyia (Jr.) (Special Adviser, Donor Relations) and Mike Ogbuekwe, (Special Adviser, Agriculture).
The list also includes Osinachi Nnajieze (Special Adviser, Legal), Fred Nnajiofor (Chief of Protocol), Osita Onuma (Senior Advisor, Digital Transformation, Technology, Innovation, Industries of the Future and Industrial Strategy), Ozurumba Elechi Afigbo (Senior Special Assistant, Delivery Unit), Dan Nwomeh (Senior Special Assistant, Mainstream Media), Reuben Onyishi (Senior Special Assistant, New Media), Uche Anichukwu (Senior Special Assistant, External Relations), Juliet Okonkwo (Senior Special Assistant, Legal and Inter-ministerial), Loiusa Chinedu-Okeke (Senior Special Assistant, Policy and Project Management), Vincent Onyeabor (Senior Special Assistant, Security Matters), Nonso Nwankwo (Senior Special Assistant, ICT), Adenike Okebu (Senior Special Assistant, Revenue), Dan Chukwuma (Senior Special Assistant, Protocol), Joshua Ejeh (Special Assistant, Research and Publication) and Sandra Chinweuba George (Special Assistant, Revenue Generation and Monitoring).