BREAKING: Supreme Court Affirms Gov. Peter Mbah’s Election Victory
The Supreme Court of Nigeria, has affirmed Peter Mbah as the duly elected governor of Enugu State following the March 18, 2023 governorship election.
Ruling on Friday, the five-man panel of Justices in a unanimously dismissed an appeal that the Labour Party and its governorship candidate, Chijioke Edeoga, filed to challenge the declaration of Mbah by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Supreme court justices noted that they found no reason to dislodge the concurrent verdicts of the Enugu State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal and the Court of Appeal in Lagos state, which dismissed all the allegations the appellants raised against the election victory of Mbah of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It therefore resolved all the issues raised by the appellant in favour of Peter Mbah including the alleged NYSC Certificate forgery.
Recall that the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal had on November 10, upheld governor Mbah’s election, after it dismissed three issues that the LP and its candidate, Edeoga, raised against him.
In a unanimous judgement, a three-member panel of the appellate court led by Justice Tani Yusuf-Hassan, held that Edeoga and his party failed to establish their allegation that governor Mbah was not qualified to contest the gubernatorial poll.
The court noted that though the appellants alleged that there was widespread over-voting within Mbah’s strongholds, they, however, failed to tender the voters register that was used for the election, to prove the allegation.
It was the position of the appellate court that the LP and its candidate failed to adduce sufficient reasons to warrant the setting aside of the earlier verdict of the Enugu State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, which dismissed their case.
It accordingly dismissed the appeal as lacking in merit and affirmed Mbah as the valid winner of the governorship election.
Dissatisfied with the judgement of the appellate court, Edeoga approached the Supreme Court for further interpretation.