On Tuesday, the Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal rejected a request to halt Peter Mbah, the governor-elect, from taking office on May 29, 2023.
Nnamdi Omeje, a candidate for governor of Enugu for the African Democratic Party, and his group contested the outcome of the March 18 governorship election, in which Peter Mba, a candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party, was declared the victor by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The election, according to Omeje and his party, was marked by intimidation, excessive voting, and non-compliance with the Electoral Act of 2022 and INEC election rules.
As a result, he petitioned the tribunal located at the Enugu State High Court Complex to annul the election.
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Among the reliefs sought before the Tribunal was to stop the forthcoming inauguration and/or swearing-in of Peter Mbah as the incoming Executive Governor of Enugu State.
The petitioners, through their motion, urged the tribunal to make an interlocutory order of injunction restraining Mbah from presenting himself, for the purposes of being sworn in or inaugurated as the Executive Governor of Enugu State on May 29, 2023.
But ruling on the motion on Tuesday, the tribunal dismissed the application for lacking merit.
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