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Responses are pouring in following the Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal‘s ruling on Thursday, where they rejected the Labour Party’s petition, along with its candidate, Mr. Chijioke Edeoga, challenging Mr. Peter Mbah’s PDP election victory.
The Tribunal’s chair, Justice Kudirat Akano, in the verdict, as noted by The Eastern Updates, dismissed every petition from the Labour Party and declared Mr. Mbah as the duly elected governor of Enugu State.
Edeoga filed an application to disqualify Mbah, citing suspicions of forgery regarding the NYSC certificate.
Mr. Aka Eze Aka, the Commissioner for Information in the state, shared his thoughts on the judgment with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) over the phone, noting that it was within expectations.
‘You can see the jubilation everywhere which is enough evidence that the people actually voted for Mbah.’
‘That goes to prove that the people of the state love him, hence, they voted massively for him,’ he said.
This victory, as stated by Aka, allows the government to concentrate on the state’s development initiatives.
In line with this, Mr. Chidi Okeke, a legal practitioner and a key figure in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), expressed his satisfaction with the judgment.
‘We did not expect anything less. It is a sweet victory,’ he said.
However, the State Publicity Secretary of Labour Party, Mr Onuora Odo, labelled thww virdict a ‘sham and a pervasion of justice’.
Odo, a legal professional, pledged that the party would continue its pursuit of justice by escalating the case to a higher court.
‘Our legal team is going to study the judgement carefully and advise on the next line of action.’
‘But rest assured that we will seek justice in a higher court, that Judgement cannot stand,’ he said.