The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Enugu State on Thursday, upheld the election of Governor Peter Mbah of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Kemi Filani News reports that Barr Chijioke Edeoga of the Labour Party, LP, had challenged Mbah’s election.
Major grounds of Edeoga’s petition centred on Mbah’s alleged forgery of the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, certificate, irregularities during the election, and over-voting, among others.
Chairman of the three-person panel, Justice Kudirat Morayo Akano, dismissed the petition in favour of the respondent, Mbah.
It struck out Edeoga’s application seeking to disqualify Mbah over alleged forgery of the NYSC certificate.
The panel held that the NYSC certificate, according to Section 177 of the 1999 Constitution, is not a requirement for contesting the governorship election.
It ruled that Mbah did not submit his NYSC certificate to INEC in aid of his qualification to contest for the governor’s office since he was already qualified without the NYSC certificate.
The Tribunal equally dismissed allegations of over-voting and bypassing of BVAS.
The panel also said that the witnesses presented by the Labour Party were not duly accredited agents by INEC and that their testimony was invalid.
It held that Mbah was duly elected governor by a majority of lawful and valid votes cast during the election.
Earlier in the day, the panel dismissed the petition filed by the People’s Redemption Party, PRP, governorship candidate, Elder Christopher Agu.