After All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for governor, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda, defeated Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Governor Caleb Mutfwang, in the Court of Appeal in Abuja on Sunday, massive protests erupted in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, the Appellant Court unanimously declared that the election of Governor Mutfwang was void due to the PDP’s lack of organisation and disregard for a court order at the time of his nomination for the State’s governorship race on March 18.
Prior to the decision on Sunday, the state capital’s main thoroughfares were subject to increased security, with ominous-looking guards stationed at important intersections.
But once the ruling was made public, a sense of unease spread throughout the State, and people gathered in groups to talk about the events that were happening.
PDP supporters gathered in huge numbers at Gyel Roundabout in Jos South Local Government Area (LGA) to voice their displeasure with the outcome.
A comparable demonstration took place at the state capital’s Riyom and Jos North LGAs at the intersection of Angwan Rukuba.
Hon. Pankyes Yamsat, a youth leader from Mangu LGA, announced the protesters’ resolve to resist the Appeal Court’s judgement, which forced Governor Mutfwang to resign.
He clarified that although the State’s electorate chose Mutfwang, their mandate was curtailed by the Appeal Court.
“The mandate of the people of Plateau has been stolen, and we call on the Supreme Court to ensure justice is served with the view to reverse the judgement of the Appeal Court for peace to reign in the state,” he stated.
Caleb Mutfwang, the beleaguered governor of Plateau State, has in the meantime called the Appeal Court’s decision to void his election a temporary setback that won’t stop him from moving the state back towards harmony, peace, and development.
He was quite optimistic that the mandate that the people of Plateau State had given him would be reinstated since he had given his legal team instructions to file an appeal with the Supreme Court.
In a statement sent through his director of press and public affairs, Gyang Bere, Mutfwang warned State residents and PDP backers to maintain their composure while reassuring them that the people’s will will prevail as long as God is king.
He reaffirmed his dedication to upholding the law and gave the populace hope for the future by expressing his undying faith in Nigeria’s courts and constitution.
Governor Mutfwang urged supporters and State residents to uphold law and order in his concluding remarks. He promised to continue serving the State with integrity and determination, and he declared that Plateau will triumph to the glory of God.
In response to Nentawe’s victory, the APC’s State chapter issued a statement in Jos through the party’s state press secretary, Sylvanus Namang, urging all of its people to enjoy the win with the utmost modesty and docorum.
The statement praised the Court of Appeal Judges for their careful, unbiased, and extremely professional consideration of the appeal and urged security agencies throughout the State to remain cautious and on high alert in order to prevent any breakdown of law and order.
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