Caleb Mutfwang, the governor of Plateau State, has revealed that he has finalized plans to petition the Supreme Court to regain his victory, characterizing the decision of an appeal court to remove him from office as a temporary setback.
Mutfwang declared that he would not be discouraged from putting the state back on the path of harmony, peace, and development notwithstanding the ruling of the Appeal Court.
The governor emphasized in a statement issued through Gyang Bere, his director of press and public affairs, that he thought the Supreme Court would supposedly address the irregularity that the appellate court had made on Sunday.
The governor encouraged state residents and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) backers to maintain their composure and gave them assurances that God’s will would be upheld as long as he is king.
The governor declared that he had given his legal counsel instructions to appeal to the Supreme Court.
“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 state’s All Progressives Congress (APC) have been celebrating Mutfwang’s dismissal by rolling their drums in anticipation of the appellate court’s decision.
Party supporters flocked to various locations along the Tudun Wada Ring Road in the state’s Jos North Local Government Area on Sunday to celebrate by playing danceable music on their instruments.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was directed by lead Justice Elfrieda Williams-Dawodu to grant a Certificate of Return to APC candidate Nentawe Goshwe in her decision on Sunday.
Judge Williams-Dawodu declared the Tribunal’s decision upholding Governor Mutfwang’s election to be incredibly incompetent and overturned it.
The court claims that Section 177 of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Section 134 (C) of the Electoral Act were violated by the tribunal’s decision to dismiss the petition filed by the APC and its candidate because they had no business interfering with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on whose platform Mutfwang was elected.