Enugu State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has dismissed the petition filed by Chris Agu of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) against Peter Mbah for alleged forged National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate, non-qualification, and corruption.
Gatekeepers News reports that the tribunal, chaired by Justice Kudirat Murayo Akano, ruled that the petitioner failed to prove that Mbah did not possess the minimum requirement for standing in the election, which is a school certificate or its equivalent.
The PRP had claimed that Mbah entered a plea bargain with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the past.
The tribunal said it found no evidence to support the claim that Mbah was not qualified for the election or that he had entered a plea bargain with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the past.
Regarding the allegation of forgery, the tribunal stated that the petitioner must provide both the original certificate and the forged one as evidence, which was not done.
Furthermore on the issue of not being elected by majority votes, the panel ruled that Mbah was elected by the majority of votes cast, and the witnesses called by the petitioners could not specify the polling units where the elections were not held nor provide results.