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Calls for Impeachment Grow Stronger as Enugu Governor Faces Allegations of Electoral Fraud and Rising Violence

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Calls for Impeachment Grow Stronger as Enugu Governor Faces Allegations of Electoral Fraud and Rising Violence
Enugu State Governor Peter Mbah is facing increasing demands for his impeachment due to allegations of electoral fraud and rising violence. The Enugu State Stakeholders Forum (ESSF) and the Network of Evangelical Bishops of Nigeria (NEBN) have both called for action against Mbah, citing his incompetence and lack of legitimacy. The ongoing Enugu State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has also raised questions about Mbah's credibility. The ESSF has accused the governor of exacerbating the security situation by declaring war on IPOB militants without sufficient security measures. They have urged the Enugu State House of Assembly to take swift action and remove Mbah from office.

The Enugu State Governor, Peter Mbah, is facing mounting pressure and calls for his impeachment following allegations of electoral fraud and a surge in violence since his assumption of office less than two months ago.

The Enugu State Stakeholders Forum (ESSF), a local advocacy group, released a statement titled "The Ongoing Humiliation of Enugu State" on July 22, 2023, urging the state's House of Assembly to initiate impeachment proceedings against Governor Mbah. The ESSF, represented by its president, Professor Joe Aneke, and secretary, Dr Ifeanyi Agbo, expressed concerns over Mbah's legitimacy and pointed to the escalating violence in the state, claiming at least one politically motivated killing every three days since Mbah's assumption of office.

The ESSF's call for impeachment comes shortly after the Southeast zone of the Network of Evangelical Bishops of Nigeria (NEBN) pleaded with Governor Mbah to resign. In their plea, the NEBN blamed Mbah's incompetence and lack of legitimacy for the rising violence and chaos in the state, accusing him of making Enugu increasingly ungovernable.

The ongoing Enugu State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal adds fuel to the fire, as Governor Mbah's legitimacy is being challenged by the Labour Party. The party alleges that Mbah forged his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate. Documents submitted during the tribunal revealed a contradiction in Mbah's claim to have completed his NYSC service, as he served as the Chief of Staff to the former governor during the same period.

Furthermore, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which declared Mbah as the winner of the gubernatorial election, has failed to provide a single witness to defend its declaration.

In their statement, the ESSF criticized Governor Mbah's handling of the security situation in the state. They accused him of declaring war on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) militants, who enforce a Monday sit-at-home order, without deploying enough security personnel to ensure the safety of the citizens. The ESSF also raised concerns about Mbah's decision to appoint his personal bodyguard as the Special Assistant on Security during this critical time.

The ESSF's call for swift action by the Enugu State House of Assembly emphasizes the urgency of the situation. They conclude their statement with a firm call to action, declaring that Governor Mbah has disregarded the advice of the Southeastern bishops to resign and receive a "soft landing" from the legitimate governor.

In light of the mounting evidence and the increasing demands for his impeachment, it remains to be seen how Governor Peter Mbah will respond to the calls for his removal from office.

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