The PDP governorship candidate in Enugu State, Barrister Peter Ndubuisi Mbah, today fainted inside the NYSC headquarters, Abuja, where he had gone to find out if the corps indeed issued a letter flaunted by an NGO regarding Mbah’s NYSC discharge certificate. Upon hearing that the letter is authentic, the PDP hopeful slumped and was rushed to the office of the DG where he later came around.
A group, Total Support for Rule of Law and Justice Initiative, had, at a press conference announced that it had utilised the Freedom of Information Act to compel the NYSC to divulge information regarding the certificate Mbah submitted to INEC. In response, the NYSC disowned the certificate.
Thus vindicated, the group approached the Abuja chief magistrate court, Wuse Zone 6, to request Mbah’s disqualification for presenting a forged certificate to INEC. The court granted its application and ordered the inspector-general of police to, within two weeks, investigate a case of certificate forgery brought against Mbah.
If Mbah gets disqualified, he won’t be eligible to take part in the contest scheduled for March 11. The Electoral Act says a person who submits a false document to INEC will be disqualified.
The Enugu State PDP Campaign Council had, yesterday, dismissed the group’s claims as frivolous, stating that both the purported Mbah certificate and NYSC’s letter disowning it were all fabricated. A media director of the campaign council, Nana Ogbodo, who signed the statement, said it was the opposition at work.
Apparently in a bid to avoid a collision with the law and imminent disqualification, Mbah stormed the NYSC to verify the authenticity of the document. He was informed that the document (its letter) is authentic and nothing could be done about it. He slumped and he was ushered into the office of the DG where he was revived.
He later sought to meet a police AIG but was informed that the AIG was not in town.
How he emerged as the PDP candidate on May 25, 2022, remains a subject of controversy also. At least three suits are in court to challenge the sharp practices that preceded the PDP primaries in Enugu State. One judgment (on the time frame between the date INEC was notified of the primaries and the actual dates of the primaries) is expected on February 15.