The Court of Appeal’s decision to remove Caleb Mutfwang as the state governor was met with resistance by the people of Jos, the capital of Plateau State.
During a nonviolent demonstration on Sunday, they demanded that the Court of Appeal’s decisions regarding the Plateau elections be reviewed.
Anaedoonline.ng recollects that the governorship election tribunal’s ruling, which had confirmed Mutfwang’s election as the state’s governor, was overturned by the appellate court on Sunday.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was directed by the court to provide a new certificate of return to Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, as the winner of the gubernatorial contest.
However, Jos citizens referred to the ruling on the gubernatorial polls and other Appeal Court rulings regarding the Plateau elections as blatant instances of “injustice.”
Angwan Rukuba Junction’s youth leader, Philemon Jangkam, has requested that the National Judicial Council (NJC) examine each and every decision.
“We started noticing the injustice from the Court of Appeal judgements that sacked Representative Isaac Kwallu, Senator Simon Mwadkon, Representative Dachung Bagos, and other lawmakers.
“We, the youth of this community, are not happy, and we will not accept these judgements. We will continue to protest until this judgement and the ones that sacked our national assembly members are reviewed,” he said.
Samson Iliya, a different respondent, concurred that the ruling amounted to a purposeful violation of the people’s will and stated that the purpose of the nonviolent demonstration was to show their disapproval of the legal system.
“We massively voted for the governor and the sacked lawmakers; they are the choices of the majority of Plateau people and we will not allow the judiciary to decide who should lead us,” he said.
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