Enugu Tribunal: Lawyers, journalists, others are barred from getting involved in petition against Governor Mbah’s election
Lawyers, journalists, and other individuals have been barred from getting involved in the petition against Governor Mbah’s election by the Enugu Governorship Tribunal.
Chijioke Edeoga, a member of the Labour Party, has challenged the election of Peter Mbah, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), by submitting a petition to the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Enugu.
During this time, access to the Enugu State High Court Complex has been restricted for a number of people, including lawyers, party followers, and certain journalists.
The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal is now hearing arguments in Enugu, and a ruling about the case is scheduled to be issued there very soon.
Especially in view of the fact that the Kano State Governorship Election Tribunal dismissed Governor Abba Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party on Wednesday, the metropolitan region of Enugu is experiencing a heightened level of fear at the present time. This is especially the case in light of the fact that the Kano State Governorship Election Tribunal.
It was stated earlier today (Thursday) by TheNigerianNews that the three-person panel of the Tribunal that was chaired by Justice Akano had chosen to make their decision public today. This decision was reportedly made by the panel earlier today (Thursday).
Following the governorship election that took place on March 18, Edeoga and his party, the Labour Party, are challenging the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission to appoint Peter Mbah of the PDP as the elected governor of the state. Mbah was named as the winner of the election by the INEC. After the election on March 18, the INEC reached this conclusion and announced it.
In the petition that Edeoga has presented to the court, he is requesting that the court recognize him as the governor of Enugu who was duly elected to that position.
According to him, during the election, the most number of valid votes that were cast for any candidate was for him.
The petition cites the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the first respondent, followed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Mbah in that order.
When Peter Mbah adopted his final written address on August 16, he did so through his attorney, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), and requested the court to reject the petitions that the Labour Party had filed against him on the grounds that they were without substance. Mbah was in the midst of settling on his permanent written address when he was approached with this request.
In a similar vein, the attorney representing the PDP, Anthony Ani (SAN), claimed that the petitioners’ stance is not clear and does not provide any facts to back their assertions. He said this in an attempt to refute the arguments made by the petitioners.
Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), lead counsel for the Labour Party and its candidate for governor, asked the tribunal to hold the position of his clients and award the reliefs sought by his client in his concluding speech, which was adopted by the tribunal. Awomolo is the candidate for governor of the Labour Party. Awomolo is the Labour Party’s candidate for the position of governor, and he is seeking the position.
In the meantime, the roads that lead to the courthouse complex have been heavily sealed off with military trucks that are being guarded by security personnel who appear to be highly agitated.