Enugu – The Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal chaired by Justice Kudirat Murayo Akano, has fixed Thursday, 21st September, 2023 as the date to pronounce judgment in the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the state, Hon. Barr Chijioke Edeoga, and LP against the return of the 2nd Respondent and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Peter Mbah, as the duly elected governor of Enugu State in the 18th March 2023 gubernatorial election.
The apellant had approached the tribunal to disqualify the winner and declare him the winner of the election on several grounds including that the PDP candidate is not qualified to stand for the election based on having allegedly submitted a forged NYSC discharge certificate.
Edeoga equally claimed that Mbah didn’t score the highest number of lawful votes cast.
In his defense, Mbah, asserted that Edeoga, who participated in the governorship primary of the PDP held on 25th May 2022, and who was also recorded to have scored 9 votes in the said primary election, could not under the Electoral Act 2022 be presented by LP as its candidate.