- The Plateau State governorship election petition tribunal in Jos has dismissed the petitions of the APC and its candidate, Nentawe Goshwe, against Governor Caleb Mutfwang
- The tribunal affirmed Mutfwang's victory in the March 18 governorship election in the state
- In its ruling, the court held that the petition by the APC and its candidate lacked merit
Jos, Plateau - The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Plateau State has affirmed the victory of Governor Caleb Mutfwang of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 18 governorship election in the state.
The tribunal dismissed the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate in the election, Nentawe Goshwe.
Nentawe had approached the court to challenge the declaration of the PDP candidate as winner of the state's guber election.
Nentawe and the APC argued that Mutfwang was not qualified to contest the election because he was not validly nominated and sponsored by his party in the said election.
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Why tribunal dismissed APC, Nentawe petitions against Mutfwang
In its ruling on Friday, September 22, the tribunal ruled that the argument of the APC and Nentawe lacked merit.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Mutfwang as the winner of the March 18 governorship election in the state, but the APC and its candidate have rejected the poll's outcome and approached the court.
The judiciary has set up tribunals across the 28 states where governorship elections were held in March 2023.
Parties are expected to close their cases and judgment delivered within 100 days after the declaration of the poll.
This means that about 25 of the 28 days are expected to hear their verdicts on the governorship election petitions in their states before the end of September.