Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State addressed the recent court ruling, labelling it as a “temporary setback” in the governance of the state. He highlighted his unwavering dedication to steering Plateau towards unity, peace, and progress despite this legal development.
In a statement relayed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Gyang Bere, the governor sought to reassure citizens and his supporters within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of his resolute commitment to the state’s welfare.
Governor Mutfwang urged calm and solidarity among the people, stressing that this momentary setback wouldn’t derail his vision for the state.
He expressed strong belief in the preservation and protection of his mandate, emphasising his trust in the judicial process. Highlighting his confidence in the judiciary and the stability it provides, he confirmed that his legal team has been directed to appeal the ruling at the Supreme Court.
He reiterated his determination to uphold the state’s interests, emphasising that while legal challenges might temporarily disrupt the course, his commitment to the state’s growth and unity remains resolute.
“He expressed strong optimism that the mandate overwhelmingly given to him by the people of Plateau State would be restored, as he has instructed his legal team to file an appeal at the Supreme Court,” the statement partly read.
Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state have enthusiastically celebrated the appellate court’s verdict that removed Mutfwang from office.
Party supporters convened in parts of the Tudun Wada Ring Road area in Jos North Local Government Area, joyfully expressing their happiness through lively music and dancing.
On Sunday, the Appeal Court in Abuja ruled to sack Mutfwang from his position as governor.
Lead Justice Elfrieda Williams-Dawodu instructed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a Certificate of Return to the APC candidate, Nentawe Goshwe.
Justice Williams-Dawodu overturned the Tribunal’s judgement that had previously upheld Governor Mutfwang’s election, deeming it grossly inadequate.
The court criticised the Tribunal’s decision to dismiss the APC’s petition based on the notion that they had no right to interfere in the affairs of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the platform on which Mutfwang was elected.
This, according to the court, violates Section 177 of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Section 134(C) of the Electoral Act.
CREDIT: BUSINESS DAY