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Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by fergie001: 10:47am On Sep 22, 2023
The Plateau State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Jos, has re-affirmed the victory of Caleb Mutfwang of the PDP as the duly elected Governor of Plateau State.

In March , the INEC declared PDP's Mutfwang the winner of the election after he secured 525,299 votes, to defeat the APC Candidate, Professor Nentawe Yilwatda, who garnered 481,370 votes.

Dissatisfied with the results as declared by the Commission, Nentawe and the APC approached the tribunal seeking redress. INEC, Mutfwang and PDP are listed as the first, second and third respondents, respectively.

Nentawe & APC's petitions are premised on 3 grounds:

(1) That the 2nd Respondent was not qualified to participate in the election because his Party, the PDP had no valid structure in the State and hence could not produce a Candidate to contest the aforesaid Office.

(2) That INEC didn't comply with the Electoral Act and guidelines during the conduct of the election.

(3) That 14 Polling Units were excluded from Naraguta B Ward in Jos North LGA, alongside non-use of the BVAS in several wards.

The Petitioners called up 49 witnesses, the PDP 4 witnesses and INEC didn't call any witness.

The Court dismissed the preliminary objections and delved into the merit of the petition.

On Ground 1
"The witness under cross-examination admitted he is not a member of the PDP, but that he got the information from an agent about the Primaries and hitherto the invalid PDP Structure in the State. His evidence is declared incompetent and all documents tendered through them are rejected."

The tribunal is of the view that the 3rd Respondent (PDP) conducted a repeat Congress on 25th September 2021 which was upheld by the Appeal Court in February 2023.(Augustine Timkuk Vs PDP).

The APC witness under its cross-examination admitted that there was a repeat Congress.
What is admitted needs no further proof. The APC has admitted in its petition that the PDP repeated its congress.

The tribunal held that no matter how disgruntled another person feels on the conduct of another party's primaries, it must keep mum as it is not a member of that party. Such a person therefore, lacks the locus standi to challenge such a congress or primary election.

The Petitioner is obviously crying more than the bereaved. Hence, the Petitioners dwelled on multiple pre-election matters. The tribunal says it lacks jurisdiction to entertain the Petitioner's challenge of the repeated congress as they are busybodies and meddlesome interlopers.

Issues surrounding Party Congresses, nomination and sponsorship are pre-election matters, the PDP has a valid and reliable structure in the State, Ground 1 is resolved in favour of the Respondents, the tribunal held.

On Ground 2
On cross-examination, the witnesses called by the Petitioners agreed that where there was no BVAS, it was four out of four voters.

The Petitioners failed to show there was over-voting on a polling unit by polling unit basis. Their evidence is at best hearsays.

There was multiple arithmetic errors and inconsistencies by the expert witness presented by the petitioners. These are signals for the tribunal to take the evidence by a pinch of salt.

A Petitioner in an election matter is expected to produce two copies of election results, one he is alleging is wrong and the actual copies.
This they failed to do as required by law. The Petitioners only provided the results tendered by INEC.

The attempt by the petitioner to prove over-voting falls like a pack of cards. Ground 2 is also resolved in favour of the respondents, the tribunal held.

Ground 3
The tribunal held that despite the wild allegations by Petitioners, there is no evidence to show that the election was not lawfully held as Petitioners did not tender another result to be considered authentic, there is therefore no basis to nullify the election.

There were very many errors by Petitioners' expert witness under Cross examination and a primary 6 pupil will do better in his basic arithmetic.

The Petitioners' petition is a wild goose chase and is bound to fail. The petition is thereby dismissed for lacking in merit.

Hon. Justice Sunday Olorundahunsi delivered the judgement.

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by Nonny95: 11:02am On Sep 22, 2023
Batstards will cry pepper today

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by bestman09(m): 11:02am On Sep 22, 2023
Great!

Don't know how APC believes that they won the election, or are they hoping that federal might will overturn the wish of the people?

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by ican2020: 11:03am On Sep 22, 2023
That’s okay

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by frank14011991(m): 11:03am On Sep 22, 2023
The judiciary is now the hope of the common man but if it is the other way round

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by datola: 11:03am On Sep 22, 2023
Well done,... the judiciary!

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by singlerfem: 11:04am On Sep 22, 2023
Excellent results smiley
I like this

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by tesppidd: 11:04am On Sep 22, 2023
Rubbish..
Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by samogo1: 11:04am On Sep 22, 2023
So after the killings and blood share in Plateau APC still want to continue. Bastads.

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by ican2020: 11:04am On Sep 22, 2023
frank14011991:
The judiciary is now the hope of the common man but if it is the other way round
Your pain is real

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by Triplerg: 11:04am On Sep 22, 2023
Everywhere is green.

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by Budare: 11:05am On Sep 22, 2023
frank14011991:
The judiciary is now the hope of the common man but if it is the other way round
As it should

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by mohbadliveson: 11:05am On Sep 22, 2023
That Kano still surprises me

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by ovie8200: 11:06am On Sep 22, 2023
Grear job. APC please go sleep.

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by DSC7: 11:06am On Sep 22, 2023
Good for Democracy......

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by Varunpulyani: 11:07am On Sep 22, 2023
APC wail

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by Varunpulyani: 11:07am On Sep 22, 2023
DSC7:
Good for Democracy......

Gbam

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by Godstiger(m): 11:08am On Sep 22, 2023
Good for the state,they earned it

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by drugBaronTINUBU: 11:08am On Sep 22, 2023
frank14011991:
The judiciary is now the hope of the common man but if it is the other way round
U are an idiot
Enugu case yesterday was btw PDP and LP and u saw how the judgement was well criticised because everyone knows it was a miscarriage of justice

This particular one is between PDP and APC and the judgement is fair

NB: the both of them that was challenged were PDP

U be idiot aswear

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by rotadeco27: 11:08am On Sep 22, 2023
This is very commendable. Weldon to the judiciary.

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by MasterShifu010(m): 11:09am On Sep 22, 2023
We go celebrate for one week again …..Go mutfi boy

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by Mightymanna(m): 11:10am On Sep 22, 2023
The will of the plateau people prevails

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by iCauseTrouble: 11:10am On Sep 22, 2023
Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by duro4chang(m): 11:10am On Sep 22, 2023
Victory for democracy

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by Skillsnigeria: 11:11am On Sep 22, 2023
Okay
Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by Moventist: 11:12am On Sep 22, 2023
Plateau of our dream! No evil jihadish shall prevail

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by NOETHNICITY(m): 11:12am On Sep 22, 2023
Now that this one is against the APC, the headless mob people will agree that it’s not a miscarriage of justice

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Re: Plateau: Tribunal Affirms PDP's Caleb Mutfwang As Duly Elected Governor by Addme: 11:13am On Sep 22, 2023
Congrats Muftwang. Your people expect much from you. Don't disappoint.

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