BREAKING: Appeal Court Delivers Judgement on Suit Challenging Gov Mbah's Victory, Details Surfaces

BREAKING: Appeal Court Delivers Judgement on Suit Challenging Gov Mbah's Victory, Details Surfaces

  • The Court of Appeal in Lagos has affirmed the election of Peter Mbah as the governor of Enugu state
  • In a unanimous decision delivered on Friday, November 10, the court dismissed issues raised by the appellants
  • The panel held that the Labour Party (LP) and its governorship candidate failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove that Mbah was not qualified to contest the March 2023 election

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 6-year-experience covering politics in Nigeria

Enugu, Enugu state - The Appeal Court sitting in Lagos state, on Friday, November 10, affirmed the election of Peter Mbah of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor of Enugu state.

According to This Day newspaper, the appellate court in its unanimous decision resolved all three issues against the appellant, Chijioke Jonathan Edeoga, of the Labour Party (LP).

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Appeal Court upholds victory of Mbah in Enugu governorship election. Photo credit: Peter Ndubuisi Mbah
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Appeal court affirms Mbah’s victory as governor

The three-member panel of the Appeal Court presided over by Justice Tani Yusuf Hassan held that the appellant failed to prove that the respondent forged his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate, and was not qualified to contest the governorship election.

Recall that after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Mbah the winner of the March 18 governorship election with 160,895 votes, Edeoga, who came second with 157,552 votes approached the tribunal to disqualify Mbah and declare him the winner of the election. He claimed he garnered the highest valid votes cast.

The petitioners also challenged the candidacy of the governor over an alleged forgery of his NYSC certificate.

But Channels Television reported that the Appeal Court held that the NYSC and its director general (DG) were guilty of misrepresentation of facts.

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Now, unless Edeoga decides to approach the Supreme Court and the apex court changes the verdicts of the lower courts, Mbah will lead Enugu state till May 2027.

Tribunal upholds Mbah's election

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Enugu tribunal affirmed the victory of Mbah in the last governorship election held in the state.

The tribunal also ruled that the March 18 election which brought the PDP to power complied with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022.

Source: Legit.ng

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.

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