Tuesday 19 December 2023


By: Valentine Adese (JP),

A group under the aegis of “The Associate” has called on the Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang (Esq), to publicly clear the allegation making the rounds in Plateau State that he has told his supporters and party members that his position as the Governor of Plateau State is secured and unshaken, despite his pending Appeal before the Supreme Court of Nigeria, wherein, he is challenging the verdict of the Court of Appeal that sacked him from office.

The rumour making the rounds, especially in Jos, the capital of Plateau State holds allegedly that the Governor has specifically told his supporters, party men, and party faithful that he has secured the promise of President Ahmed Tinubu on his victory at the Supreme Court among those of other top Judiciary officers.

You would recall that the Court of Appeal in a unanimous decision, by a three-member panel of Justices had held that the Governor was not validly nominated and sponsored by his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to participate in the gubernatorial contest the held in Plateau State on 18th March, 2023.

It held that all the votes that were credited to him and the PDP amounted to wasted votes.

Consequently, the Court of Appeal panel, led by Hon. Justice Elfrieda Williams-Dawodu, ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return that it earlier issued to Governor Mutfwang of the PDP as the winner.

The Court further ordered INEC that the candidate that got the second majority of Lawful votes at the election, Prof. Nentawe Yilwatda of the All Progressives Congress (APC), be sworn in as Governor.

You would recall that the Judgment of the Court of Appeal followed an Appeal lodged against the Judgment delivered by the Governorship Tribunal that sat in Jos, Plateau State, and Governor Mutfwang (Esq) by the now Governor-Elect, Prof. Nentawe.

REALITY can authoritatively report that this Judgment did not go down well with members of the PDP, and their supporters, which later saw protests and counter-protests in Plateau and at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

In its press statement, dated 17th December 2023, also made available to REALITY, the Group (The Associates), called on Governor Mutfwang, to come out boldly and deny the rumour to give credence to any possible outcome of his Appeal at the Supreme Court.

You would recall that today the 19th of December 2023, has been fixed by the Supreme Court to get the Report of Service and from inside sources, the Supreme Court this morning has fixed 9th January, 2024 for the hearing of Governor Caleb Mutfwang’s Appeal.


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