THE Governor of Plateau State, Caleb Mutfwang has commended the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal’s decision to uphold his victory in the March 18 election, saying that the judiciary has spoken with one voice.
The three-member panel unanimously found in its decision today that the petitioner’s case failed due to a lack of merit.
Mutfwang, who spoke today on Channels Television’s Politics Today, called the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to challenge his electoral victory “mischievous” and a waste of time and energy. According to him, the court correctly labeled them as meddling interlopers.
He said, “You would recall that before, some of my state and National Assembly members were thrown out supposedly for lack of structure by the PDP.
“Panel 1 had already upheld the election of the Senate minority leader and other members of the National Assembly because ab initio, to anybody who is genuine, to anybody who is fair, anybody who is honest, he knows that leg of the petition by the APC and any other party for that matter is not only mischievous, it is simply a waste of time and energy because they know the truth.
“I want to assure you that the cases are there for anybody to see and what the petitioners have done is what the tribunal has rightly called in line with precedent that they were nothing but meddlesome interlopers and I’m glad that today the judiciary has spoken with a strong voice.”
Speaking on the judgment sacking some PDP lawmakers in the state due to lack of structure in the party, Governor Mutfwang said that the judges will have to answer as the matter goes for appeal.
He went on to say that the Supreme Court had established a precedent that on topics pertaining to pre-election procedures such as candidate nomination, another party cannot inquire into what happened in an opposition party.
Governor Mutfwang is certain that the panel’s decision to remove the PDP lawmakers will be overturned by higher courts, maintaining that the petition is a “abuse of court process and a rape on precedent.”