Governor Peter Mbah has been summoned by the Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to appear before it today.
The Peoples Redemption Party, PRP, submitted an application through its attorney, Alex Amujiogo, and received the order in response.
In court, PRP candidate Christopher Agu is attempting to have the results of the state’s March 18 governorship election, in which Peter Mbah was declared the victor, overturned.
In addition, he asserts that Mbah was ineligible to run for office because, among other things, his National Youth Service Corps, or NYSC, discharge certificate was purportedly faked.
Mbah was scheduled to appear in court as a subpoenaed witness, the PRP’s attorney, Amujiogo, informed the tribunal at the resumed hearing.
However, he claimed that the bailiff of the Tribunal’s evidence proved that it had been challenging to serve Mbah with the summons.
The Tribunal was then urged by Amujiogo in a motion to provide a substituted service of the summons on Mbah through his attorney.
The three respondents, INEC, Mbah, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, rejected the application even though it was scheduled to be presented by motion during a pre-trial hearing, supported by an affidavit. However, the Tribunal overruled them.
Justice K. M. Akano, the panel’s chair, ruled that Mbah shall receive service of the subpoena through his attorney and appear before the tribunal on tomorrow, June 23, 2023.
Agu, the PRP candidate for governor during the election, had previously appeared as PW2 before the Tribunal.
Aliu Muhammed, an official of the NYSC from the National Secretariat in Abuja who also appeared on behalf of the Director-General of the Corps, submitted an affidavit to the Tribunal stating that they were unable to submit the disclaimer the Corps made against Mbah’s certificate due to a Federal High Abuja order.
After the Tribunal’s meeting, the PRP’s attorney, Amujiogo, stated to the media that “our PW2 (Christopher Agu) has already testified before the Tribunal and he has given a clearer picture, the synopsis of what transpired during the election, and we are urging the Tribunal to set aside the alleged result in favor of Peter Mbah, the governor.
“We had a problem with a subpoena against Peter Ndubuisi Mbah, where the Tribunal is requesting that he appear before it to address some problems against him, based on his NYSC certificate and other factors.Unexpectedly, he was absent from the tribunal today, and the bailiff informed the court that Mbah is dodging service, that he cannot be located, and that the security will not permit him to serve Mbah with the subpoena.
“Therefore, the Tribunal in its wisdom, after I have applied, has now permitted the bailiff or myself to now serve Mbah through his counsel, for him to appear before the Tribunal tomorrow, being the 23rd of June, 2023, and clarify certain issues against him before the Tribunal, and we have already served him the said subpoena through his lawyer, Ik Onuoma, today in court.
“So he must obey the summons of the Tribunal by appearing in person tomorrow, Friday.”