Governor Peter Mbah has hailed the decision of the tribunal, characterizing it as a resounding victory for democracy and the citizens of Enugu State.
Dr. Mbah, extending an olive branch to opposition candidates and their political parties, emphasized that the endeavor to construct a better Enugu is a collective one, stressing his unwavering commitment to collaborating with all, regardless of their political inclinations.
The tribunal, presided over by Justice Kudirat Akano, delivered a ruling earlier in the day, dismissing the petitions lodged by the gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP), Chris Agu, as well as the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Chijioke Edeoga.
Addressing the state from the esteemed Government House in Enugu, Governor Mbah expressed his gratitude for the tribunal’s decision, emphasizing the importance of unity and collective efforts in advancing the state’s interests.
“This is another memorable day in the anal of our dear state, as the Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal affirmed the mandate, which you freely gave to us on 18th of March this year.
“This is victory for Ndi Enugu. It is also victory for democracy.
“It is a victory for massive development for Ndi Enugu. It is a victory for exponential growth for Ndi Enugu. It is a victory for Enugu’s greatness. It is a victory for the ban on Monday sit-at-home. It is also victory for our determination to restore water in all your homes in the next 68 days”.
In expressing his gratitude to the God that made this triumph possible, Dr. Mbah also praised the tribunal for meticulously scrutinizing the petitions and “for coming out with fair and just decision that resonates with Ndi Enugu”.
According to him,
“the verdict has further strengthened our confidence in the judiciary as the temple of justice and the last hope of the common man”.
Extending a gesture of camaraderie to his adversaries, Mbah remarked: “There is time for everything under the sun. There is time to strive and time to unite. We all put ourselves forward to serve Ndi Enugu. The people have spoken and the tribunal has also affirmed. If service was the motivation, then it is time to rise above partisanship and come together because there is so much work to be done.
“Our arms are wide open and I beckon on my brothers, who ran this race with us, to join us in the onerous task of building a new Enugu State of our dreams.
Governor Mbah, reaffirming his unwavering commitment to fulfilling his campaign pledges, emphasized that the tribunal’s ruling served as a catalyst for heightened efforts. He urged the public to hold him accountable for those commitments.
“Once more, I immensely thank the good people of Enugu State, who not only believed in us, but also vested their mandate in us. Above all also above, they have stood by us every step of the way.
“I want to assure them that I will work for them with every fibre of my being. I stand by every campaign promise I made as espoused in our Statement of Purpose. I also stand by the Citizens Charter that I executed on my first day in office. The Enugu people should hold me to account. I will not let them down”, he concluded.