By Endy NDULAKA, South-East Investigator Bureau-chief/
ENUGU-AGGRIEVED candidates who contested the gubernatorial elections in Enugu state but lost have urged to take solace on the judgement of the supreme court which affirmed Peter Mba as winner of the elections. President of Nsukka Progressive Association NPA, Mr. Charles Nwodo Jnr who made the call said the people had spoken in the election of the choice candidate who is Peter Mba but because we are in a constitutional climate, the aggrieved candidates went to courts up till the Supreme Court level adding that the decision of the Appex Court should therefore, draw the curtains on all agitations as far as the election was concerned.
The association urged the aggrieved contestants to prepare to try again in 2027 and invited the political class in the state to find common ground with Governor Mba to desperately implement needed measures and policies to improve the living conditions of Enugu people and bring rapid and sustainable development to the state. Mr. Nwodo Jnr formally congratulates Governor Peter Mba over his victory at the Supreme Court affirming that his declaration as Governor has brought to an end the legal challenges to the state gubernatorial election outcome.
The association therefore, wished the governor a successful tenure and charged him to serve the people of the state faithfully, diligently and without discrimination while also indicated it’s willingness to collaborate with the administration in any effort towards the rapid development of the state. President Nwodo Jnr asserted that the association would maintain with vigor, it’s role as promoter of good governance and electoral integrity as well as foremost defender of the common good; saying his association was further extending a congratulatory message to the gubernatorial candidate of Labour Party in the state, Hon. Chijioke Edoga for the important achievement recorded by his party stating that “more significantly, for his decision to resort to the courts and not to the streets to seek redress in relation to the election outcome.
According to him, “Hon. Edoga should be proud of himself and his party for his contribution in raising civic awareness and deepening the political space in Enugu State and Nigeria.”
The association noted that valid and substantial misgivings about the 2023 election outcome in the state exist but, asserted that the Supreme Court decision should put an end to further discomfitures.