In a high-stakes moment for Plateau State, the Governorship Elections Petitions Tribunal is set to deliver its judgment today concerning the petition lodged by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its gubernatorial candidate in the March 18, 2023, election.
This legal battle stems from Nentawe Yiltwatda of the APC challenging the victory of Governor Caleb Mutfwang, who ran under the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the aforementioned polls.
Notably, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Mutfwang the winner of the election with 525,299 votes, defeating his closest rival, Yiltwatda, who garnered 481,370 votes.
Recently, the governorship tribunal dismissed a separate petition filed by Alfred Dabwan, the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), against Governor Mutfwang. Dabwan had sought to nullify the election, citing the alleged exclusion of his party’s logo on the March 18 ballot papers.
Confirming the judgment date, Barrister Sunday Odey, a member of the PDP’s legal team, stated, “Yes, it is true. The ruling of the governorship tribunal in the case between the PDP and the APC has been fixed for Friday, September 22, 2023.”
As anticipation builds, residents of Jos and its surroundings are grappling with palpable tension in the air. The State High Court complex, which houses the tribunal, has become a focal point, leading to the closure of nearby recreational centers today.
Heightened security measures have been implemented to ensure a safe and orderly process during this crucial juncture in Plateau State’s political landscape.