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General News of Sunday, 19 November 2023


Appeal Court sacks PDP's Caleb Muftwang as Plateau Governor, declares APC candidate winner

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has sacked Caleb Muftwang as the governor of Plateau state.

In a unanimous decision on Sunday, November 19, a three-member panel nullified Muftwang's election.

The court said he was not validly sponsored by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as provided by Section 285(2) of the Nigerian constitution, Daily Trust reported. gathers that the panel held that the appeal brought by Nentawe Goshwe of the All Progressives Congress (APC) succeeds, explaining that the issue of qualification was both a pre and post-election matter under Section 177(c) of the Nigerian Constitution,1999 and Section 80 and 82 of the Electoral Act, 2022.

The panel agreed with Goshwe that the failure of the PDP to comply with the order of the Plateau State High Court in Jos in suit no: PLD/J304/2020 between Bitrus B. Kaze & 11 ors vs the PDP & 24 ors directing it to conduct valid ward, local governments and state congresses before nominating its candidates for the various elective posts and the Court of Appeal order in CA/J1/93/2021 was a breach of the law.