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The Labour Party (LP) has reacted to Thursday’s ruling of the Enugu State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal vowing to appeal at the apex court.
The LP had raised issues of NYSC certificate forgery, over-voting and bypass of BVAS against the PDP candidate, Peter Mbah.
But the tribunal struck out the petitions and maintained that Mbah was duly elected.
However, LP said it will challenge the tribunal ruling at the Appeal Court.
According to the party, justice was miscarried at the tribunal, adding that the judgement cannot stand.
‘We are worried about the level of degeneration in our judiciary where ridiculous rulings are frequently churned out from the hallowed temple of justice,’ the party said in a statement signed by its National Chairman, Barr Julius Abure.
‘Our case before the tribunal was a clear case of electoral robbery,’ it said.
The Eastern Updates had earlier reported that Enugu State Governor, Barr. Peter Mbah, has extended a hand of collaboration to Barr. Chijioke and Edeoga, the Labour Party’s gubernatorial contenders for the March 18 state election. He stressed the need to end divisions and prioritise the state’s welfare.
In the wake of the Enugu State governorship election tribunal’s judgement, which upheld his election, Governor Mbah has reached out to the opposition, signalling a willingness to work together for the betterment of the state.
In two separate judgments delivered yesterday, the three-member Enugu Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, chaired by Justice Kudirat Morayo Akano, dismissed the petitions filed by the Labour Party’s gubernatorial candidate, Barrister Chijioke Edeoga, and the PRP candidate, Mr. Chris Agu. The dismissals were based on a lack of merit, upholding Governor Mbah’s election.