The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State, Mr. Peter Ndubuisi Mbah is currently making a move to support gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the state, Frank Nweke Jr if he loses at the court, Akelicious can authoritatively report.
According to the source, Mbah is making the move in case he did not secure his victory at court.
Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu State has fixed February 15 for ruling on the suit seeking for disqualification of all the PDP candidates in Enugu State from taking part in the 2023 general elections.
In the case instituted by the Enugu North Senatorial district candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Chika Idoko, the plaintiff sought for an order of the court to disqualify all the PDP candidates standing for the coming the polls including the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for Section 77 of the Electoral Act.
In the suit marked No: FHC/EN/CS/217/2022, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the PDP, and all its candidates in Enugu State were listed as defendants while Idoko was the soul applicant.
He claimed that the PDP primary election was in contravention of Section 77 of the Electoral Act and should thus be voided, adding that the party should be punished in line with extant provisions of the Section 84 of the same Act.
His argument was that the party submitted its membership register to INEC on May 6, 2022, less than 30 days to its primary election, contrary to the provisions of the law.
When the case came on Thursday, all the parties in the suit adopted their process, including preliminary objections and addresses for the substantive suit.
However, after listening to parties arguments on their various positions, Justice Giwa-Ogunbanjo adjourned the suit to February 15 for ruling.
It was reliably gathered that in case of any eventuality, Mbah and his supporters in their plan B have resolved to support the APGA candidate, Frank Nweke Jr, in case the ruling the did not favour them.
According to the source, “I can authoritatively tell you that Mbah has been making secret moves and meeting with APGA leadership and party’s gladiators as a plan B, if he loses in the Febuary 15th, ruling, in order not to loss relevant in the Enugu politics.
“It was further gathered that both parties, APGA and the PDP is just waiting for the ruling to perfect the coalition if the does not favour the PDP, and this happens, it is 100 percent sure that Frank Nweke Jr will easily emerge victorious in the governorship election.
“Nweke Jr has already won the mind of Enugu people through his lofty manifesto and he has already adjudged as the leading candidate among all the governorship candidate in the state.
“And with the plan from PDP to support him, if the party loses at court, this will further boost Nweke Jr chances of ruling Enugu in 2023”, the source authoritatively said.