Massive protests have engulfed Jos, the capital of Plateau State, following the recent victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, against Governor Caleb Mutfwang of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
The Appellate Court, in a unanimous decision, nullified Governor Mutfwang’s election citing the PDP’s lack of structure and non-compliance with a court order during his nomination for the March 18 gubernatorial election. Prior to the judgment, heightened security was observed in key locations across the state.
Reacting to the verdict, protests erupted in Jos South, Angwan Rukuba junction in Jos North, and Riyom LGAs. A youth leader from Mangu LGA, Hon. Pankyes Yamsat, expressed dissatisfaction, saying, “The mandate of the people of Plateau has been stolen, and we call on the Supreme Court to ensure justice is served.”
Hon. Pankyes Yamsat: “The mandate of the people of Plateau has been stolen…”
Governor Mutfwang, however, sees the decision as a temporary setback and has instructed his legal team to file an appeal at the Supreme Court. In a statement, he reassured the people, stating, “As long as God remains on the throne, the mandate of the people will be preserved and protected.”
Governor Mutfwang: “The mandate of the people will be preserved and protected…”
The Plateau State chapter of the APC, in response to the victory, called for modest celebration. Sylvanus Namang, the party’s state publicity secretary, urged members to put aside acrimony, emphasizing the need for stability in the state.
Sylvanus Namang: “Plateau State was reduced to a laughing stock, which is most regrettable…”
Security measures have been heightened to prevent potential unrest, and the APC commended the Court of Appeal Judges for their meticulous and impartial handling of the appeal.
In the midst of the uncertainty, Governor Mutfwang concluded with a strong appeal to supporters and citizens to maintain law and order, expressing faith in the judiciary and the constitution of Nigeria.
Governor Mutfwang: “Plateau will be victorious to the glory of God…”