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Enugu guber: Declare Peter Mbah winner – PDP tells INEC

The Enugu State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Council has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to go ahead to formerly declare its gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Peter Mbah, as the winner of the March 18 governorship election in the state.

This was even as the Party warned the Labour Party (LP) and its governorship candidate, Mr. Chijioke Edeoga, against what it termed a ‘do-or-die politics’, noting that while the PDP had taken its losses with democratic equanimity, the LP wanted INEC to cancel results of places where the LP lost elections.

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Recall that at the state’s election Collation Centre had, on Sunday, the Returning Officer for Nkanu East LGA, announced that the PDP gubernatorial candidate polled 30,350 votes in his native LGA, Nkanu East, while his LP counterpart polled 1,855 votes to place second.

However, the LP, while not contesting the total of 30, 294 it recorded in Nsukka LGA, had called on the Returning Officer to cancel that of Nkanu East.

But in a statement issued, on Sunday, by its spokesperson, Nana Ogbodo, the PDP Campaign Council demanded the immediate declaration of its candidate as the governor-elect for the state.

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The statement read in part, “We call on INEC to immediately declare Dr. Ndubuisi Mbah as the governor-elect for Enugu State, having fulfilled all the requirements of the constitution and the Electoral Act 2022.

“We insist that the LP cannot be allowed to derail Enugu’s democratic progress with its do-or-die politics as avowed by its senator-elect, Chief Okey Ezea in a widely circulated video ahead of the governorship election.”