An Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has sacked Caleb Muftwang as governor of Plateau State. A three-member panel gave a unanimous verdict on Sunday.
The court held that Muftwang was not validly sponsored by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as provided by Section 285(2) of the Nigerian Constitution.
The appellate court also declared Nentawe Yilwatda of the All Progressives Congress as winner of the March 18 poll.
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The panel agreed with the appellant, Goshwe, that the PDP’s failure to adhere to the Plateau State High Court’s order in suit no: PLD/J304/2020 and the Court of Appeal order in CA/J1/93/2021 constituted a breach of law.
This required the PDP to conduct valid ward, local government, and state congresses before nominating candidates for various elective positions.
Consequently, the panel nullified the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal’s judgment, deeming it “highly inconsistent” and a violation of fair hearing due to its reliance on expunged witness statements to dismiss Goshwe’s appeal.
The panel subsequently ordered INEC to revoke Mutfwang’s certificate of return and issue a new one to Goshwe.