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Enugu State Governor Peter Mbah celebrates the tribunal’s decision to affirm his March election win, considering it a resounding victory for democracy.
All claims made by the Labour Party’s gubernatorial candidate, Chijioke Edeogu, challenging Mbah’s victory in the polls were dismissed by the Enugu State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal on Thursday.
Justice Kudirat Murayo Akano, who presided over the tribunal, asserted that a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate is not a prerequisite for aspiring to the governor’s office, pointing out that Governor Mbah did not attach his NYSC certificate to his documents submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
With a broad grin, Governor Mbah expressed his satisfaction with the tribunal’s decision right after the ruling, characterizing it as a win for the people of Enugu State.
‘It is a victory for Ndi Enugu. It is also a victory for democracy,’ governor Mbah said. ‘It is a victory for massive development for Ndi Enugu. It is a victory for exponential growth, it is a victory for Enugu’s greatness.’
Enugu belongs to the group of South-Eastern states that persist in adhering to the weekly sit-at-home directive on Mondays, despite the collective endeavors of regional governors to curb this challenge.
The governor, while speaking to those present, reiterated the continuous efforts of his administration to put an end to the directive.
Governor Mbah highlighted that the tribunal’s verdict, which upheld his March election triumph, is an endorsement of the state government’s ban on the order. He also made a commitment to tackle the state’s water issue.
‘It is a victory for the ban on Monday’s sit-at-home. Finally, it is a victory for our determination to restore water in all your homes in the next 68 days.’
‘We are thankful to God because we know it would not have been possible without God. We also want to put on record our deep appreciation to their Lordships for painstakingly dissecting the petitions brought before them and also coming out with a judgement that resonates with the people of Enugu State,’ he added.