- The PDP lawmaker representing the Riyom state constituency in Plateau State, Timothy Dantong, has been sacked by the State House of Assembly election petition tribunal
- Dantong was sacked on the ground that the PDP did not have structure as of the time he was nominated as the party's candidate for the March 18 election
- The court subsequently announced Moses Dachum of the APC as the winner of the election
Jos, Plateau - The Plateau State House of Assembly election petition tribunal has sacked the election of Timothy Dantong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 18 State House of Assembly election.
According to The Nation, the tribunal subsequently declared Moses Dachum of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the Riyom state constituency election winner.
Justice B.M Tukur-led panel posited that the PDP did not have a valid structure as of the time of the election and, therefore, could not sponsor candidates for the election as it had disobeyed a court order of Justice S P Gang in the Plateau State High Court issued on November 26, 2020.
Controversies in election tribunal judgments in Plateau State
Political pundits have expressed worries about the tribunal judgments in Plateau States, with the court at different levels sacking, making PDP lawmakers, including Senators and House of Representatives members, uphold the victory of Governor Caleb Mutfwang.
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The governor's victory was upheld on the same ground that some lawmakers have been sacked, raising the question of whether the law speaks in one voice.
Justice Sunday Olorundahunsi unanimously upheld the victory of Governor Mutfwang, stating that the PDP has a structure that produced and sponsored the governor into the election.
However, the court has sacked some PDP lawmakers, including Dantong, because the party lacked structure as of the time it conducted its primaries.
Tribunal dismisses ADC, NNPP's petitions against Governor Eno
Legit.ng earlier reported that Pastor Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom state has been upheld as the authentic winner of the March 18 governorship election in the state.
The governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Uyo, the state capital, dismissed the petitions filed by the ADC and NNPP and their candidates, Ezekiel Nyaetok and Senator John James Akpan Udoedehe, over lack of merit.
Nyaetok argued that Eno of the PDP was convicted by a Magistrate Court in Abuja, but the court ruled that the same magistrate court nullified the judgment, and the verdict has stopped existing since then.