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The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the just concluded election in Enugu State, Frank Nweke Jr, has explained why withdrew his petition against Governor Peter Mbah of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governorship candidate said he withdraw the petition filed against Governor Peter Mbah for personal reasons.
Mr. Nweke Jr., who was a Minister in the Chief Olusegun Obasanjo administration while speaking with newsmen said ‘I decided to withdraw the petition against Dr. Mbah for personal reasons.
It was reported that Mr Nweke withdrew his petition against the winner of the election and governor of the state, Dr. Peter Mbah, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Nweke, who came third in the governorship election with 17,983 votes as against Mbah’s 160,895 votes, announced the withdrawal of the petition at the Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Sunday, through an oral application by his counsel, R.A.C.E Achara.
Achara said it became imperative to withdraw the petition filed on 11th April 2023 in order to reduce the workload of the tribunal.
The tribunal consequently granted the wish and dismissed the petition accordingly.
Meanwhile, the case filed by the Labour Party and its governorship candidate, Chijioke Edeoga, has come to a close.
Peter Mbah, representing the Peoples Democratic Party, emerged victorious as the elected governor. In light of alleged rigging and concerns over the highest valid votes cast, Edeoga and his party are actively disputing the election victory of Mbah, the candidate from the Peoples Democratic Party.
Edeoga is putting forward a strong argument to the tribunal, praying for the disqualification of Mbah, claiming an alleged forgery of the National Youth Service Corps discharge certificate.
After providing multiple documentary pieces of evidence and calling upon 30 witnesses to testify before the Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, the LP candidate officially closed his case.