Enugu State, Nigeria – Barr Chijioke Edeoga, the Labour Party’s candidate in the 2023 Enugu State gubernatorial election, has vehemently rejected the recent judgement issued by the election petition tribunal. This decision comes after the tribunal dismissed Edeoga’s petition and confirmed the victory of Governor Peter Mbah from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a statement released to the media, the Edeoga/Nwokeabia Campaign Organisation, led by Engr George Ugwu as the spokesperson, announced their unwavering commitment to pursuing legal action at the appellate court to challenge the tribunal’s verdict.
The statement issued on September 21, 2023, reads, “On Thursday, September 21, 2023, the Enugu State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal delivered its judgement on the petition brought by the Labour Party and its candidate, Barr Chijioke Jonathan Edeoga, following the outcome of the March 18, 2023 Governorship elections in the state, which was announced in favour of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Barr. Peter Mbah.”
It continues, “We wish to convey the acknowledgment by the Labour Party and its candidate, Chijioke Edeoga, of the judgement as delivered at the tribunal, and to state our preparedness to challenge the outcome of this judgement at the Court of Appeal and to all extents as permitted by law.”
The Edeoga/Nwokeabia Campaign Organisation also called upon their supporters in Enugu State and across the country to maintain calm, adhere to the law, and continue their daily activities without fear or hindrance. The statement concluded with a strong commitment to the pursuit of justice, ensuring that the aspirations of the Enugu people who voted for Labour Party candidates on March 18, 2023, are realized, even if it requires going to the full extent of legal avenues available.